When providing elder family members home care it may be intimidating to know exactly what to do when disaster strikes. Preparation is the key to assessing just how critical the situation may be and how to properly address it.
Proper emergency preparedness comes down to three key factors:
* Knowing what to do when an emergency strikes.
* Having the materials you need for a given emergency.
* Experience and training in an emergency response.
A crisis or accident never comes announced. It can happen to anyone at any time and our seniors are no exception. Seniors may not always have somebody around them and thus it becomes all the more crucial for being well prepared for unforeseen situations and uncertainties.
It is of extreme importance to be alert and aware of the sharp physiological changes one experiences. Sudden chest pain, unexplained body pains and breathing difficulties are just some of the instances which could be a precursor to something serious. Many of the emergencies can be prevented if the elderly recognize the threat and alert others.
Preparation of an Emergency Kit
All the important documents like prescriptions, updated medical reports should be kept together in a safe and accessible place. All the essential phone numbers like those of doctors, ambulance service, children, and neighbors should be kept on hand. Also, spare keys of the house can be given to close family members or neighbors
Make a First-Aid Kit
Any necessary medicines, medical equipment such as blood sugar testing devices, extra hearing aids and batteries, a spare pair of glasses and current medical treatment documentation could be a lifesaver in a crisis scenario. Also keep ready a disaster bag with essentials like clothing, water bottles and easily consumable food.
The Arrangement of Mobility for seniors
Various improvements can be made in the house to support the mobility of someone elderly in the house. The simple installation of a hand rail, ramp and provision of stools, canes, walkers & wheel chairs can undoubtedly save a life. In addition, someone with limited mobility may benefit greatly in day to day life.
Plan of action
The near and dear ones of elderly should be trained on what needs to be done if and when a crisis occurs to avoid last minute panic and chaos. The plan is to make sure treatment doesn’t get delayed and everything goes smoothly.
A person may not always be close to the telephone when something untoward takes place. For any unforeseen mishaps, install buzzers or lights to alert the family members.
If you help and care for an elderly in your family, it is important that you are prepared for medical emergencies. It can save a life if seniors receive the first aid and medical attention they need when injury, illness or a health event strikes.
As the saying goes “A stitch in time saves nine”