In the event of an emergency, it is important to have pertinent medical information available for emergency responders. The VITAL HEALTH RECORD  was created to meet some of those needs.  

  • Could you recall your necessary medical information over a period of decades?
  • Does your family member or caregiver know the details of your medical history?
  •  How accurate would the information be?

My personal experience working with families in their homes is that many important details cannot be recalled or a person gets tired of answering the same question over and over. Sometimes that can mean an abbreviated version is offered when the specifics are needed. Different people report different information. If there is a community emergency or a car accident,  it would be helpful if this form was completed by everyone.

  • Make a copy of this form.
  • Fill it out and leave a copy where it can be found in your home, your wallet/purse and in your car.
  • Remember to update it – perhaps twice a year when you change your clocks.
  • Keep a list of your medications on an index card so you can update when there are any changes. This is extremely important for proper medical care.
  • Once you have completed your information, pass this resource along to others.

In an assessment of a client several years ago, I asked the person diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease what he would do if his wife had a medical emergency. After some thought, he said he would look for her address book. I encourage that those who care for others to assess whether or not that person could provide the necessary information under those circumstances.


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