a special feature from Kay & Leslie, founders Grandparentslink.com
Whether you are in your own home, or taking care of your grandchildren at their home,it is important to keep an Emergency Fact Sheet readily at hand – somewhere so central you never have to look for it — just in case. Seems like a no brainer, right? Well, believe it or not, emergency responders report that less than 60% of households are not prepared to answer simple questions in the event of an emergency on the premises. It’s such a simple thing to have, and yet, often we forget how truly critical this information can be when needed. Don’t wait until an emergency occurs to realize you have been lax- this is so easy to do. We have included a 3rd Party Medical Authorization Letter that should also be kept close by, giving and identifying permission to get medical attention when necessary. Pass along this important permission letter to your family to fill out, especially if you are being left in charge and your grandchildren’s parents are traveling out of town. We are certain they will appreciate your care and concern.
First and Foremost:
For Parents and Grandparents…
Post a simple Emergency Fact Sheet in a central area of your home, such as the kitchen. This fact sheet should include the following information (be sure to update this, as changes occur)…
Mom & Dad’s cell/work phone numbers
Address of home & nearest cross street
Poison Control Number
Name of all doctors: ie, internist and/or pediatrician, allergist, dentist
Nearest hospital or emergency facility
Occupants’ names, including children, & birth dates
List all medical allergies & alerts for all members of the family
Neighbors/closest relatives’ phone numbers
Any other health instructions
While we take care of our grandchildren and always hope and pray nothing will happen on our watch, it’s important to have a signed 3rd Party Medical Authorization Letter, including insurance information, stating if something was to happen to one of our grandkids and we need to seek medical care, their parents have indeed given us permission to care for, and to consent for medical treatment for the children. Either Mom or Dad can write the letter, or you may prefer a more detailed form, such as this one.
Another important note: your grandchild’s pediatrician, medical specialist, and dentist should have a copy of this letter in each child’s medical chart. Be prepared and discuss this with your grandchildren’s parents now, before the need arises!