As people get older and experience increased medical issues or require continuous care, it is important to have a plan in place for emergencies such as severe weather. There are a few crucial areas of concern that need to be addressed in advance to prevent further problems during an emergency situation.
Begin by making a list of people who can provide support during an emergency – friends and nearby family members.
Make sure pets and service animals will receive proper care during an emergency. Pets should have a collar or tag with contact information for the owner.
Designate an area to keep emergency supplies and ensure that these supplies are kept up-to-date.
If someone requires daily medications, it is important to make sure that they are refilled and placed in an easily accessible location – one that can be found during a power outage.
Running out of necessary medications can also cause other health complications, which can become deadly for some individuals during a time with reduced access to essential services. If the doctor will allow, have a small backup supply of meds for such situations.
Planning of finances should not be ignored. If someone suddenly cannot afford to pay their bills or buy necessities during or after an emergency situation, this can cause severe problems such as illness, lack of proper nutrition, loss of utility services, or eviction from their home.
Many older adults depend on sources of income such as social security, disability, and government assistance. It is important to make sure their payments will be deposited on time or make alternative financial arrangements if necessary. Setting up automatic direct deposits can prevent an uninterrupted flow of needed funds.
Access to Information
Services such as FEMA and the National Hurricane Center continually provide emergency updates through the internet and radio communications. Charging a phone in advance and having a radio with fully-charged batteries are both ways to get crucial information during a disaster situation.
More Help is Available
For more information on how we can provide the help you need in case a friend or family member is not available, contact us at Rhythms Home Care. We’ll be happy to explain ways we can support older adults in both emergency and non-emergency situations.
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