Greetings Family, Friends and Subscribers,
I know it’s been awhile since my last post. I expected to share a BIG BLOG announcement in February before the world went crazy, and before we unexpectedly lost our venue site for the 2020 Pain, Power & Promise Event scheduled for May but I was so busy I didn’t get it done. Then our team was scrambling mid February to March to find a new site and then, the world and our personal lives came to a screeching halt.
And now here we are.
I’ve been self-isolating for close to two weeks now and like the rest of you, I’ve been busy adapting and adjusting. I’ve thought about the Resilient Responses to Chaos and Quarantine that are helping me through this new time and decided to share them with you. in hopes that you will find something NEW herein that will be of benefit. Please share with me and the rest of of our viewers what you are doing to stay sane! Here is one of the first things I started working on.
Resilient Response #1 The Need for ALL Emergency Information and Documents to Be Updated and In Order!
Once the coronavirus became a serious threat across our nation, I realized a number of things that I needed to get to.
- Do you have a Health Care Power of Attorney (POA), Mental Health Care POA. a HIPPA Waiver, and Last Will and Testament in place for you and your loved ones?
Lew and I have all of these documents in place, BUT here is what I didn’t know. IF you have adult children, over the age of 18, you may want to be sure that they have these documents in place. Two of my three adult children in town (and their signifcant others) who are not married did not have these documents filled out and signed by a witness or a notary. If they went into the hospital for any reason, I would not be able to get medical information on them and/or make decisions on their behalf. Under the circumstances we find ourselves in this became very important to me.
For those of you interested in doing the same, you can get those documents for FREE on the Attorney Generals website: http://azag.gov/seniors/life-care-planning. FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT LIVE IN ARIZONA, you will have to google your state’s Attorney Generals office. Below is the Health Care POA and HIPPA waiver included in document. Our kids used a witness rather than a notary. So much easier.
2. Create a “IMPORTANT EMERGENCY INFORMATION” page and date it at the top.
I just wrote up a Word Doc. My page includes: My name, DOB, blood type, SSN, Allergies to Medications, Brief Medical Hx.,Current Medications (name, dosage, time of day taken), Primary Physician name/number and Insurance Info. (Same for Lew). This will SAVE TIME if either of us were to be hospitalized and we certainly, up until now, had not gone over our medications with our kids.
3. Monthly Bills – Where to Access them and Due Dates.
This is the second sheet I attached to our Important Emergency Information page. Usually the spouse whose strengths cater best to handling finances takes care of this in the marriage. In my home, that would be me. I realized I know the system but if something happened to me, Lew would have to “hunt” everything down and it would be quite time consuming. So I created a document organizing loans, websites, accounts, automatic withdrawals, automatic transfers, bill pay, paid from checkbook, bills paid between 1st-15th and those between 15th-30th.
4. Digital Access Information
Let’s not take our passwords to the grave. (See attachment below)
We need to provide to our Personal Representative, Agent, Trustee (different names – same function) access to our online accounts, social media platforms, etc.. If your loved one has a Fb account and dies, Fb places that account in a “Memorial State” and will “not give access to the person’s account” states a Fb spokesperson. Below is an example of how to list our digital access information AND I’ve attached a Digital Access Document for your usage. (All 3 of these documents come from my own Estate/Will Attorney’s Office)
I’m STILL working on the Digital Access Information. It is amazing how many accounts, passwords, we have EVERYWHERE. Although this is tedious, even boring work, this is a GOOD time to do all of this.
Most of you know I wrote a book, Pain, Power & Promise: 19 Ways to Turn Setbacks into Comebacks. Out of the 10 Resilient Responses I am sharing over the COVID-19 outbreak, only ONE is mirrored in my book. So, if you are interested in A BIGGER DOSE OF RESILIENCE, I am discounting my book and my Inspirational Cards by 10% and infusing our local YRMC Foundation Area of Greatest Need Fund with the income. Books are available immediatley but I need to check my inventory on the cards. I will let you know in the next day or two.
“Yet there is one ray of hope: his compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction.Great is his faithfulness; his loving-kindness begins afresh each day.” Lam. 3:22-23
As always, praying you find a new mercy today and everyday,
This is very helpful, common sense advice! We have most of these pieces in place, but I plan to use your check list to help us double check and make sure all our information is complete and updated. Thanks, Nann, for sharing some good practical wisdom!
You’re so welcome Mary! I’ve heard from several folks stating your sentiments. Glad I can be of help.
Thank you Nannette, this is good information to have.
Good advice to take care of some of those necessary matters. You and Lew be safe and your family too!
This information is great, Nannette! Thank you for sharing it.
Nannette, you think of everything ! haha Thank you for sharing. Glad you got this blog up and running. Send my love to Lew and the family.