Mom and Dad were completely independent (and mostly healthy) before they became sick. Dad had mentioned something about TIA’s, but no one was paying much attention. Mom had several ailments, probably due to worrying about the people she loved.
When this all happened, we realized how uninformed we were about their medical histories. We did not know:
- Doctors names, addresses, phone, specialty
- Date last seen
- Surgery history (Dad had a long scar on his belly. No one knows why.)
- We were unsure if they had living wills.
- We did not know the combination to Dad’s strong box where he kept important paperwork.
Whether you think you are close to this potential stage in life or not, these are all questions you (or someone) should have the answers to. It only takes about fifteen minutes to put together and will save time and frustration later. Create a spreadsheet and make copies. While you are at it, list your medical history as well and keep it all in your own strongbox. Hopefully, someone who cares will know the combination.