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Why is National Preparedness Month Important for Seniors?

It’s rare to live somewhere in the United States that isn’t in some kind of natural disaster strike zone, from hurricanes and tornadoes to flooding, ice storms, earthquakes, and wildfires. Other emergencies might include a terrorist attack or gas leak. During National Preparedness Month, government agencies like the Federal Emergency Management agency and state and local authorities are encouraging everyone to take the necessary steps to prepare for emergencies.

Elderly Care in Danville CA: Emergency Preparedness

Elderly Care in Danville CA: Emergency Preparedness

Seniors are at risk for not having adequate emergency preparedness plans in place. That’s because many depend on friends and family for their elderly care. Family caregivers must ensure they and their elderly relatives are ready to go in case disaster strikes.

What is Emergency Preparedness?

Being prepared for an emergency generally means that people make short-term survival preparations so that they can weather any number of incidents before state and federal emergency aid arrives. The focus on National Emergency Preparedness Month includes creating an emergency supply kit, making a household emergency plan, and becoming educated on the different kinds of issues and resources available to them. Family caregivers can take advantage of all the preparedness information and activities set up by preparedness groups to get themselves and their elderly relatives ready to go.

Creating Emergency Plans for Elderly Relatives.

Family preparedness is important for members of all ages, but for those with the responsibility of an elderly relative, there are some extra preparations that should be considered. One of the most essential preparedness steps is creating an emergency kit for each person. Here’s what a senior’s emergency kit should include:

  • 1 gallon of water per person per day, enough for 3 days.
  • Ready to eat food that doesn’t require cooking, enough for 3 days.
  • A set of clothing.
  • Copies of identification, medical insurance cards, and any health information.
  • A battery-powered  radio.
  • Essential prescription medicines.
  • Necessary medical supplies, such as hearing aid batteries and extra glasses.
  • Emergency contact list.
  • Extra cash.
  • Manual wheelchair unless the elderly person is very mobile.

 

Place everything into an easy-to-carry duffle bag or backpack and keep it next to the wheelchair somewhere in the house where it is accessible but out of the way. Label the bag and the wheelchair with the person’s name and address. Let family members and home care aides know where the emergency kit for the elderly person is stored in case disaster strikes while the family caregiver is away.

Family caregivers can collect everything their elderly relative needs in their emergency kit. Then, it’s important for the whole family to create a disaster action plan, review it often and practice it a few times per year. It’s especially important to work out how to communicate and connect with each other in the event of an evacuation. Making sure there’s a plan in place is one of the best ways to ensure proper elderly care during an emergency.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Danville, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.

Robin Conley RN, Owner and CEO

RN, Owner and CEO at Provident Care - Modesto, CA
When my grandmother’s health began to deteriorate... My greatest fear was that something would happen to her when I couldn’t be there. She had become unsteady on her feet, forgot to take her medications when she was supposed to, was not eating meals that fit into her dietary restrictions and often failed to recognize signs that she was getting into trouble. I knew that it was her firm desire to stay in her own home, but the amount of oversight I knew she needed was sometimes overwhelming for me to do alone. This is where my journey started! Providing care to seniors in our community is not just a job for me... It is something that has touched my life personally and something that I am passionate about! I know firsthand the worry and uncertainty caused when someone you love becomes ill or injured and how overwhelming the responsibility of caring for a loved one can be. I also know that finding a compassionate caregiver can often restore health, provide seniors with a renewed sense of control and independence, reduce depression, and relieve family members so they can once again be a caring son or daughter. So if you find yourself or someone you may know, in this situation... Our team of care managers and professional, compassionate caregivers at Provident Care would be honored to help you care for your loved one. Our staff is committed to caring for our clients as if we were caring for a member of our own family.

Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE