Residents of Connecticut know that along with the picturesque landscape of their New England town come the potential for dangerous weather conditions. Although in the summer season, we’ve had our fair share of storm warnings and it’s essential for everyone, especially senior adults and those with disabilities, to take extra precautions during this time. No matter what type of weather may be on the horizon, the following strategies will give senior adults and their families the peace of mind they need to make it through the potential oncoming storm.
Prepare an Emergency Medical Supply Kit
During severe weather, deliveries of medicine and other necessary supplies may be disrupted. For this reason, it is important for senior adults to have at least one extra week’s supply of medication on hand in an accessible bag that can be easily transported during an evacuation. Along with the medication, include a detailed list of instructions for tending to one’s medical needs. A highly trained caregiver in West Hartford can prove instrumental in managing medications, keeping track of dosages and making sure that your aging loved one stays healthy even in the midst of a storm.
Wear Medical Alert Tags
If a senior adult must be rescued during a severe weather emergency,it will be important for medical personnel to be able to quickly identify their needs. Those with serious health conditions or those who take regularly scheduled medications should wear an alert tag that includes their name and essential medical information. These tags, which come as bracelets or necklaces, can be purchased online and engraved with all pertinent medical information.
Identify Safe Shelters in Case of Evacuation or Power Loss
While it is often recommended for residents to stay in place during brief emergencies such as tornadoes and hurricanes, other severe weather may make it necessary to evacuate one’s home. Senior adults who rely on electricity for life-sustaining equipment may also need to transfer to a facility powered by a generator in the event of a power outage. Before an emergency situation occurs, senior adults and their caregivers should identify safe shelters,such as a hospital or distant relative’s home,which can be utilized in severe weather. Have directions to these locations in your emergency medical supply kit.
Provide All Caregivers with Family Emergency Plan
Connecticut storms can arrive with little warning, which means that a senior adult can never be certain of who may be providing for their care during an emergency unless they have the support of a 24/7 West Hartford caregiver. For this reason, it is important to make sure that all family members and professional caregivers understand the emergency plan to be followed. In addition to providing a list of evacuation sites and care instructions, include a contact list with phone numbers for anyone who needs to be informed of the senior adult’s health and location. This way, everyone can ensure that your aging loved one is safe in any type of emergency situation.
For peace of mind and protection, don’t wait until it’s too late to get the help of an in-home caregiver from Home Care Assistance of Greater Hartford, CT. Our skilled caregivers know the ins and outs of providing for seniors when it comes to daily tasks and emergency situations.
To talk to a Care Manager about your needs and concerns, or to set up a free in-home consultation, please call West Hartford Home Care Assistance today at 860-372-4500.