Preparing for an emergency with a senior

The likelihood that you and your loved ones will recover from an emergency tomorrow often depends on the planning and preparation done today. While each person’s abilities and needs are unique, every individual can take steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies. By evaluating personal needs and then making an emergency plan that addresses those needs, you and your loved ones can be better prepared when an emergency strikes.

Use common sense

There are commonsense measures that can be taken to prepare older Americans for emergencies before they happen. This starts with creating a network of neighbors, relatives, friends, caregivers, and co-workers to aid you in an emergency. Keep their contact information, as well as the contact information of physicians and other emergency aides, close at hand. Discuss the needs of your loved one, and make sure everyone involved knows how to operate necessary equipment.

Keep important items handy

Seniors should keep specialized items ready, including extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, medication, food for service animals, and any other items you might need. Keep a list of the type and model numbers of the medical devices required. Be sure to make provisions for medications that require refrigeration. Make arrangements for any assistance to get to a shelter.

Plan to be ready

No one wants to think that disaster can strike, but the reality is that it can and it does. Just a little forethought is all that’s required to be prepared for emergencies with a senior. By planning ahead of time for an emergency, you and your loved one will be ready and will do well getting through it.

Information courtesy of Department of Homeland Security