With all the natural disasters occurring in recent months, more people are thinking about the logistics of emergency preparedness. When you have senior loved ones residing in assisted senior living, the idea of evacuating or otherwise being prepared for the worst case scenario can be even more daunting. The following tips will ensure you and the elderly in your life are prepared for whatever may come your way.
In a state of emergency, it’s important to be able to get in touch to check in with everyone, especially the aging, to make sure they are ok. One of the easiest ways to make sure everyone is accounted for during an emergency is to put together a call chain where each person calls someone else. This alleviates the stress of one person calling everyone.
Evacuations can make it easy for people to get separated and have difficulty reconnecting. Designating a meeting place where everyone will go when an evacuation is ordered can reduce the impact of this issue. However, keep in mind seniors who are using assisted living services may not be able to get to other locations as readily. Therefore, it may be best to choose a place close to where they reside, if possible.
While many of the medications seniors take can only be dispensed in particular quantities to cover their monthly needs, it can be beneficial to have a small stockpile of those medications in the event of an emergency. It is recommended to keep an additional three to six day supply that is cycled out to keep it fresh, along with a list of current medications. Any other medical equipment should be kept on hand, along with extras when possible. Make sure the emergency medical kit includes detailed care instructions in case a family member is not nearby.
In addition to the medication and medical equipment required for senior care, it’s also important to make sure they have the appropriate disaster supplies in place. A good disaster kit should include a three-day supply of water consisting of at least three gallons per person, a three-day supply of nonperishable food, maps of the area, a change of clothing, blankets, contact information, at least $50 in cash, a basic first aid kit and basic hygiene products. This kit should also include other basic supplies like a flashlight, battery operated radio, extra batteries, disposable dishes, plastic bags, a knife, a solar charger for electronic devices and waterproof matches.
The most important thing you can do for a senior loved one is talk to them about what to expect in the event of an emergency. Let them know what types of emergencies are more likely to occur in your area and help them put together the supplies they will need. It can also be beneficial to talk to your loved one’s doctor to determine if there are additional steps you should take to ensure their safety.
If you have a senior loved one in assisted living services and need help preparing them for potential disasters, contact us. We are ready to help you with your loved one’s needs to ensure everyone is safe in the event of an emergency.