On Your Watch- What Every Grandparents Needs
a special feature from Kay Ziplow & Leslie Zinberg, founders grandparentslink.com

No matter what age a grandchild may be — we can’t stress enough how important it is to have medical information on each child… just in case.  And, while this may be everyone’s worst nightmare (i.e. a medical emergency), why not be prepared and have the information on hand so that medical attention isn’t hampered because you ‘just didn’t know’.

Keeping information readily available in the event of an ‘occurrence’, puts you one step ahead and acting swiftly in a smart, educated manner when it comes to your grandchildren’s health, safety, and treatment. A few years back one of our first articles was the importance of having the correct updated information right at your fingertips. Our readers agree, this is singularly one of the most important aspects of being a GRANDparent; so much so, we’ve detailed the following for you.

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
  • Police/Fire/Ambulance 911
  • 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
  • Pharmacy number
  • Neighbors/closest relatives’ phone numbers
  • Any other health instructions

Whether you are in your own home, or taking care of your grandchildren at their home, it is important to keep this Emergency Fact Sheet readily at hand – somewhere so central you never have to look for it. 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.

In addition, here is a 3rd Party Medical Authorization Letter that should also be kept close by, giving and identifying permission to get medical attention for your grandchildren, when necessary. Pass along this important permission letter to your family to fill out, especially if you are being left in charge of your grandchildren at any time, and most importantly when parents are traveling out of town. We are certain they will appreciate your care and concern! Being prepared on your watch, makes GRANDparenting all that more comfortable.