Useful Downloads

When moving your loved one into a Care Home, the information below can help relieve some of the stress in choosing the right home, as well as ensuring a smooth transition into that new home. If you’re keeping your loved one at home, review the Home Safety Checklist for seniors to make sure that their home is safe.

Documents You’ll Need

  • Physician’s Report (602A) – Download
  • Advance Directive – Download
  • Power of Attorney – Download
  • Signed medication list
  • Medicare card
  • ID
  • POLST form
  • List of declared belongings

What are these documents, and why are they important? Find out more in our blog post.

Resources for Managing Dementia

Dementia is a tragic disease that is challenging for the victim, their loved ones, and care givers. Here are a few resources to help with those suffering with memory loss.

Warning Signs or Normal Aging?

Is it Dementia or is it normal age-related memory loss? This checklist is not a tool for diagnosis, but it can help you decide if it’s time to talk to your doctor.

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Help for Wanderers

Wandering is a common struggle faced by many whose loved ones have dementia. Here are a few public resources available to families.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Tips: Wandering

The National Institute on Aging published this flyer with some tips to help caregivers cope with the challenge.

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Safe Return

In partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, MedicAlert offers plans with Wandering Support as part of a program called Safe Return. Those who subscribe to Safe Return have 24/7 support from MedicAlert to help them find a missing loved one. MedicAlert can communicate with the local police to provide them with a description of the person or with their emergency contact’s information.

Learn more about Safe Return.

Take Me Home Program

The San Diego and Orange County Sheriff’s departments both participate in the Take Me Home Program designed to help families and care givers locate people who have wandered away or gotten lost. The program is specifically for people with disabilities such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Down Syndrome, or other developmental disabilities.

Families or care givers can register a person with the department, providing a physical description, contact information, and relevant health concerns. Then, if that person goes missing, deputies will know exactly who they are looking for. And, vice versa, if officers find someone who has difficulties communicating, they can search the database by description to find out where that person lives.

Register in San Diego

Register in Orange County

Other Helpful Resources

Making a move, or caring for a loved one at home can be stressful. These forms help to aid in your decision making process, or in reviewing that your loved one’s home is safe and the right place for them now.

Home safety and move-in checklists

Home Safety Checklist for Seniors

Is your loved one’s home safe and free of tripping hazards? Review the Home Safety Assessment provided by the Department of Health and Human Services to see if any modifications are needed.

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Move In Checklist

Moving into a Care Community and need to know what to bring? Review our Move In Checklist for some recommendations of what to pack and what to leave behind.

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Top 10 Questions to Ask 

Use this form to assist in screening care homes during your visits so you can gather key information to make the best decision for your loved one.

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Step-by-Step Guide

This guide can help walk you through every step of the placement process, reducing your anxiety about forgetting something important.

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