Elder Care in Turnersville, NJ – Be Prepared for Weather-Related Emergencies with Your Senior Loved One
March is commonly known for some intense weather, no matter where you live throughout the country. When someone relies on elder care of any kind, bad weather could create some complications for the caregiver getting to their home.
Getting through any type of severe weather event begins by being prepared. Below are 5 strategies that can make a world of difference for the elderly individual as well as the caregiver. If you hire professional home care for the elderly, check with them about their policies or procedures they may have in place that addresses issues with regard to severe weather.
1. Develop a contingency plan. The most important thing could be a contingency plan. This may rely on neighbors in the area, especially if the elderly client requires assistance getting out of bed. If the caregiver is unable to reach the client’s home, a neighbor could be able to help out. If not, look for another individual who may be able to reach them.
2. Keep emergency phone numbers handy. Too many people rely on their cell phones these days for everything, including storing phone numbers. What happens if the power goes out and you can’t charge the phone? What if it gets dropped and breaks during the middle of that emergency? It could be devastating. Keep a list of emergency phone numbers on paper near each and every phone in the house.
3. Keep plenty of water on hand. Picking up a gallon of water from the store every so often is a good idea. In the event that power is lost (if the home relies on a well) there will still be plenty of water for drinking, flushing the toilet, and maybe even cooking.
4. Keep in contact. Make sure that the caregiver and the client remain in contact during the severe weather and the aftermath. This can provide the caregiver an opportunity to determine how well the senior is getting along during the emergency.
Set a specific time (every hour, every other hour, etc.) to call and check in. If the senior doesn’t answer the phone, it may be time to call emergency services.
5. Pick an emergency exit route. In the event that the senior needs to evacuate his home, it’s best to have a plan ahead of time. Also choose a destination for various potential emergencies so that loved ones can find them, if the cell phones aren’t working.
Being prepared for a major weather event is essential and with March being National Severe Storm Preparedness Month, these strategies can come in handy.
For all of your elder care needs in Turnersville, NJ and the surrounding areas call and talk to us at Home to Stay Healthcare Solutions (856) 321-1500.