A go bag is any kind of small bag that you can stock up and have ready to go in case it's needed. Packing one for your loved one in case she needs to go to the emergency room can have you prepared even when your thoughts are scattered.
Health Information for Your Elderly Loved One
Any information that the emergency room personnel or you could find helpful should be included in your loved one's go bag. You don't want to include original documents, of course, so copies are all you need. You might want to put them in a plastic zippered bag to help keep them dry and as safe as possible.
If your elderly loved one is in the emergency room and possibly admitted to the hospital later, you'll need to contact a variety of people. You may have that information in your phone already, but what if you don't? Take the time to make a list of contact information. Include your loved one's doctors and healthcare providers, family members and friends who need to be informed, and any other contact information you can think of. Keep this with the other important paperwork in the zippered plastic bag.
It's a universal law that just when you need something to write with and something to write on, you can't lay hands on them. Remove that obstacle and keep note-taking tools, such as a notebook and a pen that writes, in the bag with everything else. Make sure that it stays in the bag, so that you're not caught without it.
Waiting for your loved one to be seen can be an excruciating wait. It helps to have something to entertain her and you with while you wait. You might want to include reading material, puzzles or games that transport easily, or even a deck of cards.
Non-perishable Snacks and Water
Vending machines can be spotty at a hospital and you probably don’t want to leave your loved one to hunt one down anyway. Keep non-perishable snacks and some water bottles in the bag at all times. Make it a habit to go through and rotate out both the water and the snacks to keep them fresh.
A Change of Clothing for Your Loved One
It's also a good idea to keep a change of clothing in the bag for your elderly loved one. This can help her to feel less self-conscious if something should happen to the clothing that she's wearing. Depending on how long she's at the hospital, she might also enjoy having some clean clothes of her own to change into to come home.
This type of bag is something that anyone can use, whether that's family members who are with your loved one or senior care providers who are helping your loved one.
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