The Little Black book of important papers
DO IT NOW!
There may not be ever be a good time to do this. My brother died at age 46. He had just TWO WEEKS from the time he went to the hospital until he died.
You must actually have this information printed out and in your possession in the hospital for others to see. It does not do any good for the hospital to have a copy on file if they do something against the patient's wishes. My brother had in his Living Will that he did not want to have a breathing tube inserted. After his brain biopsy they put one in. I told them he was against that and they said the Living Will did not come into affect until there was a prognosis.
DNR Have this printed and hung everywhere in the home and Car. Have it on a bracelet or Tattoo.
Power of Attorney
Power of Medical Attorney
Advanced Medical Directive .
Physician orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLST). This may bot be alowed in your state and is for a person who has already been diagnosed with a terminal illness.
List of all medications
List of all allergies
List of food preferences. This is not a good time to experiment with food that might upset the patient's digestion.
List of personal habits/preferences. My Mother could not see with out her glasses and needed them nearby.
Contact information for family & friends. Make up a group e-mail list so that you only have to write one e-mail update.
Personal Attorney's contact information. Once my brother was diagnosed with Brain Cancer the doctor wanted him to have chemotherapy, even though he had not awakened up since the biopsy. When I refused, the doctor would no longer take my calls. I could not get my brother released from the hospital and into a Hospice, unless the doctor signed the release form. I had to contact my attorney. Finally the Director of Hospice got my brother released.
The patient's wishes for home care or hospice care. Go over these choices with the patient before hand incase there is not time later.
The patients wishes for burial or cremation. These are personal choices for the patient. But if they want to be cremated know that it is more expensive and involved with a funeral Home than with a Cremation Society. My family has always used The Neptune Society so we have our ashes spread at Sea. If you choose this option be sure to check the State Laws concerning spreading of ashes.
The patient's wishes for a funeral or Life Celebration. My daughter has created some wonderful Celebration's of Life for our family. She had a beautiful brunch buffet style held at a local hotel. On each table she stood a little wire picture tree. The tree held about 6 index cards with a picture of my Mom on one side and one of her recipes on the other. These were for people to take home as a memory of my mother.