Published: Aug 11, 2015
As the seasons change, it’s a good time to evaluate how your family is prepared for emergencies. If you are the caregiver for an older family member, you may need to help your loved one get ready for unexpected events. Since most people over the age of 50 report that they are not prepared for natural disasters, it may fall to families and healthcare providers to help older adults become proactive in their emergency plans. Our older population is most vulnerable at a time of crisis, so getting prepared today means a faster response time and less stress in the future.
Make Your Kit
Your loved one may need to survive alone after a disaster. The general rule of thumb is to create a 3-day supply kit and keep its contents current. You may even want to consider creating a full “stay at home” kit and a lighter “emergency travel” kit with common items your loved one needs. Be sure your loved one knows where the kit is and what supplies are in it.
Recommended items for a basic kit:
Keep Your List
Along with a general emergency kit, older adults may need additional items to stay organized and safe. With your loved one’s help, create a list of items and information he or she might need in the event of a natural disaster.
This list could include:
With some natural disasters, there is a time of warning when you can prepare, but there may also be time to worry. As a possible emergency situation arises, older people may feel stressed and isolated. Having an emergency plan and a kit can help them feel prepared. In addition, some strategies may help lower stress:
Older adults may also want to volunteer or provide assistance to others. This is a great way to showcase their strengths and resilience. Plus, finding ways for them to contribute to the efforts may ease some of the worry and helpless feelings.
As families and caregivers, we want to work together to help our loved ones feel empowered and safe, no matter what emergencies arise. At Comfort Keepers®, we understand that many seniors want to stay in their own homes and feel protected there. By starting preparations today, your loved ones can feel more peace of mind and reassurance that if a crisis happens, they are not alone. Our compassionate, professional team of caregivers is trained to create and implement emergency plans and back-up solutions if unexpected events strike. Contact our local office to find out more about how we help seniors stay safe and maintain a comfortable home life.