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Do you babysit for your grandkids? Occasionally OR a lot? Either way, did you know that many hospitals may require a NOTARIZED and/or witnessed document authorizing you to seek medical treatment for your grandchildren before they are supposed to treat the child.
As a Baby Boomer granny nanny, I just discovered this important news for the state of Kentucky, but I imagine it's not the only state!
"Kentucky law does not consider a stepparent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, babysitter a legal substitute for the parent or guardian. This means that a person caring for a child cannot legally give permission for medical treatment without written consent from a parent/guardian…This consent must be either notarized or witnessed."
Hopefully, we will never need emergency help, but, of course, “be prepared” is as appropriate for Sandwich Generation caregivers and granny nannies or pappies as it is for the Boy Scouts.
I often carry an emergency release for my grandkids, along with my senior mom's emergency info, but we’ve never needed it notarized before. Thus, we’re in the process of updating ours. I would strongly recommend that you call your local hospital, as well as your grandchild’s, and find out what their specific requirements are BEFORE you ever need their services. As I said, hopefully you’ll never need it, but if you do, you’ll be GLAD you did. 🙂