Medicare and Caregivers

Frequently Asked Questions

12. What kind of information should I have about a person to help with his or her medical care?

As you work with an older relative or friend to plan for medical care, it will be helpful to have the following information about that person.

  • Social Security number
  • Medicare number and Medicare plan
  • other insurance plans and policy numbers, including long-term care insurance
  • contact information for health care professionals, including doctors, specialists, nurses, pharmacists
  • current list of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbal remedies, and their dosages

As you work with an older relative or friend to plan for medical care, it will be helpful to have the following information about that person.

  • current health conditions, treatments, and symptoms
  • history of any past health problems
  • any allergies or food restrictions
  • emergency contacts, close friends, neighbors, clergy, housing manager
  • where to find financial and legal information, including the person's living will and medical power of attorney.