Tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters develop quickly, and even though it is essential for all of us to have an emergency plan set up, it’s particularly vital for older adults, who are often challenged with mobility or chronic health concerns. Since September is National Preparedness Month, it is a great opportunity to make sure the seniors you cherish are well-equipped and prepared for a potential disaster. Taking these three steps is an excellent place to start.
- Put together an emergency plan. This should include designating a primary person (or multiple people) who will be responsible for checking up on the older adult during a natural disaster, and who will then relay that information to the senior’s family and friends. Create a list of contact information for each individual who ought to be informed, and also make sure everyone has a copy of the list. The plan should also lay out an evacuation process, and who will assist the senior with evacuating the property if necessary.
- Create a disaster supply kit. The CDC recommends the following items be stored together in an easily-accessible location to be used in the event of an emergency:
- Water, nonperishable groceries (including pet food if applicable), and medications to last for no less than three days
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Manual can opener
- Hand-crank or battery-powered radio
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Change of clothing
- Wet wipes, paper towels, and hand sanitizer
- Copies of important records in a waterproof container (see below)
- Fire extinguisher
- Gather important paperwork. In an urgent situation, the last thing you will want to do is scramble to find necessary paperwork. Put copies of the following paperwork in a waterproof box or bag:
- Details regarding medical needs and history, medications taken, medical care providers, etc. (the CDC has provided this simple template)
- Insurance cards and photo ID
- Will, living will, power of attorney, etc.
- List of any food and/or medication allergies
- Contact information for family members and friends who must be alerted during an emergency
Partnering with a professional, premier Kansas City home care agency, like Enhanced Home Care, is a great way to make sure older adults will be well cared for if there is a natural disaster or any other emergency. We are prepared and proactive, with a plan in place for providing the care needed for seniors each and every day of the year, rain or shine, always keeping family and friends informed of any and all concerns.
To learn more about the home health care Johnson County families trust, reach out and speak with our team of in-home care professionals for additional tips and resources, or to arrange for a free of charge consultation within the familiarity of home. For more information on how we can help the older adults you love remain healthy, secure, and thriving, reach out to us any time at 913-327-0000.