1. Do you have all of your new medical information together? December is a time for change; verify that you have all updated medical ID cards, and all medical and prescription program information together.
2. Are all of your loved one’s prescription purchased from the same place? If not, have a pharmacist review all medicines to help avoid adverse drug reactions.
3. Have your loved ones received their flu and pneumonia vaccinations? Its important to have these in place to prevent sickness during the next few months.
4. Have your loved ones received their annual checkups, both medial and vision? Make sure you request a hearing exam during their annual checkups.
5. Have your loved ones checked home security systems? Install fire and carbon monoxide alarms, check and replace batteries in existing alarms, and replace old alarms that are more than a few years old.
6. Is your parent’s home energy efficient? Have heating systems inspected and change air filters. Weatherize doors and windows. Install fluorescent light bulbs. Insulate pipes, both inside and out, and hot water heaters.
7. Is your loved one still driving? Verify when their driver’s licenses need to be renewed. Inspect their automobiles for safety and emission inspections. Verify auto insurance premiums and coverage.
8. Have your parents prepared and filed all necessary tax filings? Review all forms of income, and make sure you have everything in place for tax filing.
9. Are your loved ones on the DO NOT CALL registry? This is a good way to stop phone calls that may open up your loved ones to scam calls.
10. Have your parents completed a home inventory? List all important items and documents, and have the information in one secure place.