Elderly Care in Fort Pierce FL
No one likes to think about disasters but, they can occur at any time. That’s the purpose of September’s annual, “Get Ready Day,” which launched in 2006 by the American Public Health Association. The APHA doesn’t want Americans to live in fear, but rather to be prepared should there be a natural disaster, flu outbreak, or other type of emergency. Preparing for, or “getting ready,” for these disaster include taking just a few simple steps with families and aging loved ones while helping with elderly care.
Create an Emergency Stockpile
The word, “stockpile,” has been heard often in circles of extreme coupon fanatics lately or those who are considered doomsday preppers. However, this word is a misrepresentation for its true importance with regards to preparing for an emergency. There’s no need to go to extremes as portrayed on reality television, but the guidelines outlined here should be considered:
- 3-day supply of non-perishable food and water
- Solar powered cell-phone charger
- Manual can-opener and utility knife
- First-aid kit
- Radio with replacement batteries
- Lanterns, flashlights, candles, waterproof matches, and replacement batteries
- Toiletries and basic hygiene products
- Pet food (if applicable)
Get Educated Regarding Area Disasters & Emergencies
This portion of observing Get Ready Day could be uncomfortable for aging loved ones receiving in-home care, as well as for their younger grandchildren. Knowing this information is beneficial to everyone in the family, though, especially during the time of an emergency. For example, does the family know how to prepare for a tornado? Are earthquakes common to the area the aging loved one is living in? Are power outages frequent during the winter months for the area the aging loved one is living in? If so, how is the family helping them with senior care helping them prepare for that emergency? Getting educated regarding these issues is the first step toward getting ready. The next step is learning how to become prepared.
Taking Steps to Get Ready
Aging loved ones may not have wanted to take these steps previously, but families who are assisting them with home care can use Get Ready Day as a means of taking action. They can create a checklist of actionable items regarding what needs to be modified in the home in preparation for a natural disaster (for example, loose shingles on the roof needing repair if a hurricane strikes) and a stockpile checklist to refer to when shopping. These action items can be addressed as regular errands and household maintenance to help keep things as comfortable as possible for the aging loved one.
As part of Get Ready Day, there may be the need for evacuation drills to occur. To help ease aging loved ones into this phase of preparation, families assisting them with elderly care can show evacuation videos and podcasts specifically pertaining to situations they may be involved with. That way, when going through the drills, they have a basic idea of what to expect during actual events. Not only will this take away some of the stress of the drill, but it will help families coax the aging loved one into participating and agreeing with the importance of preparation.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of elderly care services in Fort Pierce, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at (772) 678-3324.
Get Ready Day 2015