Elder Care in Jupiter FL
Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 22 through 28. While you may not ever want to think about this kind of severe weather emergency happening in the course of your elder care journey with your aging parent, if they live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, it is vital that they are prepared. Early preparation and awareness are key to ensuring that your parent gets through the emergency in the best way possible.
One element of hurricane preparedness that you should put special focus on when it comes to your parent’s preparation for a potential storm is the possible need to evacuation. Hearing that your parent needs to evacuate because their area is under severe risk of storm damage can be terrifying. By taking the time to prepare yourself and them well before a storm hits, however, you can make the experience smoother, less stressful, and safer for everyone involved.
Use these tips to help prepare your aging parent and yourself for the possibility of the need to evacuate during a hurricane or other severe weather situation:
- Have an emergency meeting spot. Make sure that you choose meeting spots for you and your aging parent to meet if there is a sudden evacuation order. You should have one close by their home, close by your home, and outside of their neighborhoods. Share these spots with their elderly health care services provider and ensure that you call each other to confirm where you are meeting when the order comes down so that you can all come together.
- Plan ahead. There are some situations in which an evacuation order comes down very suddenly and everyone has to leave within a matter of minutes. In most situations, however, an evacuation order for a hurricane gives you a day or two to get ready. During this time make sure that you are planning carefully for the evacuation. If possible, plan to evacuate earlier than the deadline to avoid the crush of people who will leave at the last minute. This will give you more freedom and reduce the stress of the evacuation.
- Have emergency supplies. An emergency supply kit is something that every home should have. Often you think of these supplies as something your parent will use when stranded at home during a severe weather event. When it comes time for an evacuation, however, these supplies can be vital for keeping your parent healthy, safe, and comfortable. This kit should include potable water, non-perishable food, medications, first aid supplies, clothing, blankets, toiletries, and entertainment items. Think of everything that they might need if they end up displaced for some time and not in a hotel, house, or apartment.
- Follow routes as they are set up. There is a reason that evacuation routes are set up the way that they are. Avoid the temptation to go a different way or to take a short cut. This can result in you getting lost or encountering roadblocks. Make sure that you are familiar with all of the routes available and have an option for a destination in each direction so that you can select the best one when the time comes.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of elder care in Jupiter, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at (772) 678-3324.
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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