How to make sure other professionals know?!

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by Ethelred, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. Ethelred

    Ethelred Registered User

    Jan 7, 2015
    1
    Hi

    My Dad has dementia which is slowly getting worse and is cared for by my generally very fit mother. She has had a few health scares recently, including 2 bouts of cancer, and passing out unexpectedly and being bluelighted to hospital. The problem we face is that my Dad doesn't come across as being ill himself. We find that health professionals dealing with my mum don't realise he is ill. When she was taken to hospital, they got him to drive behind them (although he had actually stopped driving some time before). They also give him loads of information about her illness and care, to which he happily nods and agrees, and then cannot remember what they said later.

    We need to find a way of putting it on record for doctors and emergency health staff that they need to contact one of us if something goes wrong or they need to advise on her support - Any ideas?
     
  2. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    9,319
    Female
    South coast
    See if you can get yourself recorded as her next-of-kin on the medical system.
    Its not infallible, but should mean that they contact you rather than your dad.
     
  3. Optomistic

    Optomistic Registered User

    Jul 24, 2014
    109
    Manchester
    You need to get your mum a registered carers card from the Council. I have one in my purse as i care for my husband with early onset alzheimers. You have to get it set up with a contact number should she take ill suddenly in my case it is my eldest son. They are to provide 24 hour cover until care can be put in place.
     
  4. RobinH

    RobinH Registered User

    Apr 9, 2012
    266
    London
    ICE card?

    Hi

    Emergency Services are meant to look for something in her purse, or programmed into her phone, named ICE - In Case of Emergency. If you do one of those, naming you, and explaining the situation, they MIGHT find it, though they will probably just look to your dad. I'm not sure how quickly they will see her medical records, so that's not guaranteed to work.

    On the car - if he doesn't drive, he really doesn't need access to the keys, so perhaps hide them or put them in a keysafe.
     

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