What All Caregivers Should Have

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 27 March 2012

In a crisis situation, digging through a desk or closet for a loved one’s vital information is the last thing you want to be doing.

This article on MyHealthBridge.com recommends a better way for caregivers: creating a face sheet.

Used by care providers in assisted living, doctor’s offices, hospitals and other healthcare settings for years, the face sheet is a one-page document chock full of the essentials.

Amidst the countless pins and passwords required for bank, social media and email account management today, holding any more numbers and data in our heads — especially as there may come a time the data is needed on a second’s notice — is a lot to ask. Compiling the following items (as recommended in the post) in one central location is a wise move:

  • Full Name
  • Nickname
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Insurance / Medicare Number
  • Supplemental Insurance Number
  • Primary Contact’s Name
  • Primary Contact’s Relationship to your loved one
  • Primary Contact’s Phone Number
  • Primary Physician’s Name
  • Primary Physician’s Phone Number
  • Current Diagnosis or Concerns
  • Previous Diagnoses
  • Previous Hospitalizations
  • Previous Surgeries
  • Durable Power of Attorney Name & Contact Info
  • Medical Power of Attorney Name & Contact Info
  • Advance Directives to Physicians
  • Other critical information (a DNR, for example)


Organization saves lives. If you’re a caregiver for a senior in assisted living or at home, create a face sheet today.

Your turn: Do you have a face sheet? Has it been helpful?



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