Home Care Services: Are you caring for your elderly loved one?
Maybe, it is your grandparent, elderly aunt, or elderly parent. No matter who you are caring for, it is important to help them with emergency planning. There are many senior citizens who don’t have a plan for what will happen if they fall, if there is a house fire, or if they experience another type of emergency. Sometimes, they just don’t think about these things, and other times, they are unsure of how to make a plan. You can help your elderly loved one plan for various emergency situations. Then, you or a home care services provider can help your elderly loved one to prepare or practice what to do in these situations.
Creating the Emergency Plans
One of the things that you are going to want to do first is to assist your elderly loved one in creating emergency plans. There are different emergencies that they could face such as a house fire, falling in their bathroom, or getting locked out of their house in the winter. It is very important that your elderly loved one has a plan for these different kinds of emergencies.
It is impossible to plan for every emergency that could possibly happen. However, making sure that your elderly loved one has some plans in place could help them significantly in the case of an emergency.
If your elderly loved one has 24-hour home care providers, make sure they are privy to these emergency plans, as well. That way everyone is on the same page about what to do if your elderly loved one is faced with an emergency.
Getting an Emergency Supply Kit
There are various companies that sell emergency supply kits. However, you or senior care providers could also help your elderly loved one to make their own kit. Some things that they should have in the emergency supply kit include:
- Antiseptic and antibiotic creams
- List of phone numbers
- Emergency pager/emergency button
You can sit down with your elderly loved ones to ensure they know where everything is. It is best to put the kit where your elderly loved one won’t forget about it.
Reaching Out to the Community
Fortunately, most communities have various resources to help senior citizens and others in the case of an emergency. For example, if your elderly loved one does have a house fire, their community may have resources that offer free clothing, food, or other necessities. You should help your elderly loved one look into these resources ahead of time, in case they are needed.
These are some of the things you and your elderly loved one may want to know about emergency planning for them. If they need additional resources, have them reach out to community organizations, the local police station, or their home care services providers.