Emergency situations can be frightening for anyone, but for you as a family caregiver they can be especially stressful. You are not just thinking about your own needs, but also those of your aging
parent, meaning that you need to do as much as possible to prepare for this potential so that if they do arise you can both feel more confident you will know what to do and how to handle them effectively. When it comes to these disasters, one of the most frightening elements can be an evacuation order. Most people feel safer and more secure in their own home and the thought that they have to leave in the face of a dangerous situation can be intimidating. Preparing for such a possibility can help your loved one handle this process safely and effectively so that they have the best chances of staying healthy, safe, and comfortable throughout a dangerous situation.
Use these tips to help your aging loved one handle an evacuation order safely and effectively:
- Identify emergency shelters in the area and practice the best routes to these shelters
- Pay close attention to radio and television broadcasts leading up to the emergency to find out about alternative shelters and routes that might have been established
- Research shelters to identify if there are any that are specifically designed to address the needs of those with physical limitations and challenges
- Shut off utilities such as electricity, gas, and water if there is enough time
- Encourage your parent to wear comfortable clothing, sturdy, closed shoes, and an extra layer even if it is warm
- Make sure that your parent brings along their emergency preparedness kit
- Ensure that your loved one’s home is locked when they leave
- Do not use any form of shortcut or alternative route to get to the emergency shelter
- Make sure that your parent contacts the members of their care network and confirms their safe arrival at their emergency shelter or another location so that everyone knows that they are safe and where to find them.
If you have been looking for ways to enhance your loved one’s life and help them to remain healthier, happier, safer, and more comfortable throughout their later years, starting elderly care for them might be the ideal solution. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a fully customized schedule to ensure that your senior gets the support, care, assistance, and encouragement that they need to handle their individual needs, challenges, and limitations, as well as any unforeseen circumstances that might come up. The highly personalized services of an elderly care provider are designed to not just address your parent’s needs, but do so in a way that is right for them as an individual, ensuring that they are able to pursue the active, engaged, independent, and fulfilling lifestyle that they desire and deserve, and that is right for them. When it comes to helping your parent handle an emergency situation, this care provider can be invaluable in helping your loved one to understand the potential risks that they are facing, create and implement plans, and ensure that the measures that you have taken are as effective and beneficial as possible. An elderly care provider can be a valuable element of your parent’s care network, offering you another source of support and communication in the event of an emergency situation.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of elderly care in Hobe Sound, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at 772-872-6983.
We are licensed by the Agency for Healthcare Administration in Florida. As a licensed nurse registry, we refer private duty caregivers to clients in need of personal care services and assistance with every day activities. We are providers of medical and non-medical health care services.
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