IMPORTANT Information to Share

In order to provide information so that others can help you in the event of an emergency, it is important to provide or make available relevant information to the people who are most likely to access the best and fastest medical care for you.
Your Household Staff
From a health standpoint your housekeeper or gardener may become one of the most important people in your life.  In the event of sudden onset of illness or injury in the home, a member of your staff may be the first person to know that you are in trouble and need help immediately.  This is especially important if you live alone. Below are ideas to implement so that your staff may be able to respond to your needs promptly and efficiently.

Tape a list near or to each telephone with the following information:

  • Your doctor’s names and telephone numbers.
  • Emergency numbers of friends who have agreed to respond in the event of an emergency.
  • Your name, address and phone number (in a moment of panic your staff may not easily recall where they are, particularly if they work in several different locations)
  • Your critical health information in Spanish (for example, diabetic, have pacemaker, have had previous strokes)

Instruct your staff to:

  • Call your primary doctor first, and follow his or her directions to evaluate your situation and provide basic first aid.
  • Call Red Cross for ambulance if directed to do so by the doctor.
  • Call your emergency contact(s) as indicated on the list.

Talk to your staff about basic first aid and show them where you keep your first aid supplies. If you have medications critical to your condition show your staff where they are kept. This could be of vital importance if you’re taken to the hospital.

In Mexico there are two forms of The Durable Powers of Attorney

One is for Financial Powers of Attorney, the other is for designation of a Power of Attorney for Health Care.  Both of these documents need to be in English and Spanish and signed by a Notario.  Because of the fact that the Right to Palliative Care Law (2009) is relatively new in Mexico, your Notario may not be familiar with this new law.

To learn more go to: Palliative Care Law

Personal and Financial Checklist

“Helping People Prepare” is a workbook available from Hospice in which you detail the personal and financial aspects of your life so those who you have designated to manage your affairs during your illness, while you recover or should you die can do so with relative ease and efficiency.

“My History of Medical Care in Mexico” (Download)This is a record of your health situation and the treatments you have received while living or traveling in Mexico.  This is of particular value if you are being treated by a physician other than your own primary physician, or if you need to return to your home country for continued care.  It is important that those designated to assist you in an emergency know where this is located.

Care Share Groups

The Care Share Group is a concept developed by Marge Zap and the Unitarian Universalists to provide support in the event of an emergency, illness, injury or death of one of its members. The group is formed from a trusted circle of friends who, in the event of an emergency and have access to the information and funds needed to address your needs.