As I thought about all of the clients and families I have seen during my year as a nurse many clients had misplaced their billfold/wallet.

That meant all of the cards: social security, medicare card, ID card or driver’s license and insurance cards were lost. These cards are required when admitted to the hospital or when seeing their doctor.  Families had to take the client to get all new information.  It is time consuming and preventable.


  • Make copies of the cards-front and back, one for the client to carry and one for family to have
  • Place the originals in a safe place
    That way if the client does misplace any or all, you have a copy.

By the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it.” George Burns