KIT HELPS ADULTS WHO ARE CARING FOR PARENTS

Older people may exercise, socialize and take care of their homes and their health, but there may come a day when they cannot do any of those things, thrusting their children or other relatives into an unexpected role.

Not all such caregivers are prepared to answer questions about an aging loved one’s medical history: Who is Mom’s doctor? What medications is Dad taking, and for how long? Do they have any allergies?

Families can stay up-to-date using worksheets and checklists developed by Home Instead Senior Care, whose franchisees provide nonmedical support for seniors, and Humana Points of Caregiving, an online resource that people can access for a fee. Families can download the free Senior Emergency Kit or request a printed copy by going to www.senioremergencykit.com.

Leslie Tamura