Emergencies and natural disasters are terrible enough, but if you and your elderly loved one are scrambling around, trying to figure out where to go and what to do, that’s even worse. Instead, set up a disaster plan.
Who Can Help You and Where Can You Go?
You and your elderly loved one need to know who you can contact if there’s an emergency and where you can go. There may be friends, relatives, or even her home care services providers who can help you and your loved one to evacuate. Try to establish a backup for your first and even second contacts so that you have access to as much help as possible.
You Need Your Loved One’s Medical Records
During an emergency evacuation, you’re very likely to need information about your loved one’s current and past health. Keep a folder with that information in your loved one’s go bag. Make sure that you update it regularly and keep contact information for her medical team with her medical information.
Put Together an Emergency Go Bag
A go bag, which is basically a backpack or duffel bag filled with emergency items, keeps everything together and enables you to only have to find that one bag. Load it up with extra medications for your loved one, changes of clothing, identification, and anything else that your loved one might need. You may also want to consider including a battery-operated radio, flashlight, batteries, water, and non-perishable food items.
Consider Signing up for a Safety Program
Many areas and companies have safety programs that you can register for with your loved one. Your loved one’s home alarm company, for example, may have a program that she can register with. These programs can perform a variety of functions, but one can be notifying relatives that your loved one evacuated safely.
Write it All Down
As you’re developing an evacuation plan for your elderly loved one, write it all down. You can then post that plan in a prominent location, such as on the refrigerator door, and include it with all of the information that your loved one’s other family members and home care services providers have access to. Should something happen when you’re not with your loved one, those people will know what to do for your loved one.
Periodically revisit your disaster plan to make sure that it still covers everything that it needs to cover for you and for your loved one.
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