Are you prepared for a Senior Care Emergency?

Many future family caregivers are unprepared for a senior care emergency, lacking knowledge of their seniors’ medications and important financial information, according to new research for the Home Instead Senior Care® network. The survey was conducted by The Boomer Project of more than 600 adults ages 45 to 65 who said they are likely to assume a caregiver role for their parents within the next 10 years. Less than half (47 percent) say they are knowledgeable about their parents’ medical histories in case of an emergency.

Among other findings, the study showed:

  • Approximately half (49 percent) are unable to name any of the medications taken by their parents each day.
  • Three in 10 (31 percent) don’t know how many medications their parents take.
  • About one-third (34 percent) doesn’t know if their parents have a safety deposit box or where the key is located.
  • An estimated 36 percent don’t know where their seniors’ financial information is located.

“This survey was no surprise to us, since we often are called to assist when families are in crisis,” said Jeff Huber, president and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Home Instead Senior Care network. “We’ve seen the turmoil that such a situation creates and we’ve also witnessed how much smoother it can go when families are prepared.”

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