There is some elder law advice that has gone viral in the elder law community. Two people forwarded it to me, my favorite reverse mortgage go to person: Stephen Pepe; and a go to Real Estate Guru, Peter T. Clark.

Here’s what to think about in a worst-case scenario.

If you have a family member sick at home and at risk of being hospitalized: have an emergency go bag for the hospital. Visitors are not being allowed in now. Things you should have in the bag:

  1. UPDATED written list of Medications, including name, dose, frequency, initials after name of medication are important too, such as: XL, XR, LA, IR, ER, SR.
  2. Cell phone charger. Patients always have phones without batteries. You can be in the emergency room for 6 to 48 hours!
  3. List of emergency contacts and phone numbers on paper! If the patient is unconscious and the phone is locked or battery out.
  4. Good toothbrush and hairbrush. Hospital toiletries are cheap. This isn’t the Ritz!
  5. 3 Pairs of underwear. Can vary depending on the condition of the patient, but if I were hospitalized in non-critical condition, I would want my own underwear.
  6. Primary Care Doctor. Full name, phone number, office address.
  7. Book or something to read. I have yet to find a hospital with decent Wi-Fi.
  8. Copy of legal paperwork such as health care proxy, advance directive, Power of Attorney or MOLST
  9. If the patient has a pacemaker or defibrillator a copy of the pocket information card that states the brand, model number, MRI compatibility.
  10. If the patient has asthma or COPD, bring the inhalers. Hospitals are running out.
  11. Extra batteries for hearing aid and or other medical devices.

I Would Also Suggest Leaving Acop Of Your Health Care Proxy/emergency Contact Information/health Insurance Information Attached To The Side Of Your Refrigerator With A Magnet. Emt’s Are Trained To Look For Emergency Information There In The Event That You Need To Contact 911 But Cannot Speak.