As a family caregiver you do not want to think about the possibility of your aging loved one facing a potentially dangerous or disastrous situation. The reality is, however, that emergencies do occur, and it is critical that you acknowledge this and take the proper steps to prepare for them so that you can help reduce the risks that your senior faces during this time and help them to get through this situation in the healthiest, safest way possible.
The American Red Cross notes that one of the most important things that you can do to help ensure that your elderly loved one, and you, are ready in the event of a disaster or a weather emergency is to make a plan. An emergency preparedness plan should include measures that your elderly parent can follow in the event that a weather disaster or emergency arises.
Use these tips to create an emergency preparedness plan that is right for your senior:
• Consider the emergencies that are most likely. In order for your emergency plan to be as effective as possible, it is important to plan for the emergencies that are most likely in your senior’s area. Research their area and find out what types of weather emergencies are most pressing so that you can customize the plan to match those potential needs.
• Plan for reuniting the family. In emergency situations it is possible that your loved one and other members of your family may become separated. It is important to plan for how you can reunite during the emergency so that you can keep everyone safe.
• Prepare for the possibility of evacuation. Evacuating from the home can be a frightening experience, and it is extremely important that you loved one feel prepared to handle this evacuation quickly and effectively if the need arises.
• Consider their individual needs. No one plan is right for everyone. You must consider the individual challenges and limitations that your parent has so that they can integrate these into your plan, including what extra supplies and materials you might need to include in your parent’s preparedness kit, how to help them prepare for evacuation, and ensure that you can take any extra measures you may need to to protect and support your loved one throughout such an emergency.
Starting elder care for your aging loved one can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them as their family caregiver. An elderly home care services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they get the level of care, support, and encouragement that they need throughout their later years to remain happy, healthy, comfortable, and safe, while also pursuing as much independence and activity as possible.
When it comes to helping them handle emergency situations, this elder care provider can help your parent understand the risks that they are facing, ensure that they have the emergency preparation supplies that they might need to help them through the situation, and even plan preparedness activities such as running drills to help with the possibility of evacuation or other disasters.
When it comes to your emergency preparedness plan, this care provider can be a valuable component, reviewing and reinforcing the plan with your senior, acting as an extra member of your emergency network, and guiding your loved one through the steps of their plan during the event if they are present when it occurs.
As a family caregiver this can give you a tremendous sense of relief knowing that if your elderly parent does face a disaster situation, they will be ready to do what they need to do to get through it in the best way possible.