Emergencies are reality of life. While you never want to think about your family being the victim of a violent intrusion, natural disaster or other emergency, ignoring the potential of these things may happen good place your aging loved one at very serious risk. Emergency preparedness is a critical element of senior care, and one that should be taken very seriously. This means that you need to prepare your aging loved one and his home for the types of emergencies at which he is of the greatest risk, and ensure he understands these emergency preparedness measures so that in the event of one of these emergencies occurring, he is given the greatest chance of safety and survival.
When making an emergency preparedness plan for your aging loved one, it is important that you remember his home care services companion in these plans. While your first priority will obviously be your aging loved one, in the event of an emergency, his home care services companion will be with him, and will likely be continuing to provide as much care as possible throughout the emergency. Making her a part of the emergency preparedness plan ensures she also has the greatest chances of survival, which is important both for her, and for your aging loved one’s chances of getting through the situation.
Some of the ways that you should include a home care services companion in your emergency preparedness plans include:
- Have enough water and nonperishable food for both your aging loved one and the home care services companion for at least a week. These rations it should be kept readily accessible, such as in a hall closet or kitchen pantry. The food it should be easy to open and prepare without the need for electricity.
- Create a written emergency preparedness plan that can be posted in an easily visible place within the home. This plan should mention the presence of both your aging loved one and his in home care provider so that if an emergency services worker gets into the home, he will be aware of both people.
- Provide enough supplies for both your aging loved one and the home care services companion. These supplies should include a first aid kit, blankets, batteries and emergency cash.
- Discuss emergency preparedness with your aging loved one and his home care services companion. Cooperate to create evacuation plans, meeting places and other measures that will help keep both of them safe in the event of an emergency, and also help you to find or otherwise assist them in these situations.
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