by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com
This idea comes from a wise woman by the name of Bonnie Gurewitsch – and it should be spread.
The current policy in hospitals is that no other person from the patient’s family can accompany them to the hospital. This is distressing, but necessary in order to minimize the spread of infection the Corona virus.
Because of this, the following four should be prepared in advance for everyone:
- a one page summary of each family member’s medical history
- a list of each family member’s medications and dosages
- a list of each family member’s doctors with contact information
- the contact information of the patient’s next of kin and health care proxy. A copy of the health care proxy should be attached.
In case of need, this would go with the patient to the hospital, and hopefully, ensure a measure of accuracy and continuity of medical care even if the patient has no personal advocate who knows them. We hope to never need this, but it makes sense to be prepared.
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