Senior Safety and Preparedness With Comfort Keepers in Charlotte, NC, and Surrounding Areas
Home senior care services in Charlotte, NC help your loved one prepare for emergencies
When it comes to emergency preparedness, every family and household should have a plan for how to handle certain situations. The federal government wants all of us to take emergency preparedness seriously and has provided a comprehensive site for the right questions to ask and plans to make. For seniors in Charlotte, especially those who live alone, these plans can be lifesaving.
When it comes to the health and safety of seniors, all plans should take into account the physical needs of your senior loved one. Home senior care services can help you and your family accommodate the needs of your loved one as you make your emergency preparedness plans. You should think through:
- How mobile is my loved one? Do they require mobility assistance in order to be safe?
- Does my loved one have medical equipment that they need every day? What items are imperative to my loved one’s health and safety every day?
- Other than emergency responders, who is the best emergency contact for your loved one? Is there someone geographically close by who can provide assistance?
Answering these questions will get you on a great path toward planning for your loved one’s health and safety long-term.
Home senior care services are designed to help your loved one stay safe every day, even when you can’t be with them. Your caregiver can weigh in on your loved one’s emergency preparedness, and any preparations that can be made around the home, in your plan, or in your communications that will assist your loved one.
Seniors are at unique risk of health complications or injuries in the home. Home senior care services can make recommendations that can reduce slip, trip, and fall hazards in the home, such as rearranging furniture, increasing lighting, or organizing cluttered spaces.
Home senior care services can also help your family set up a phone tree. A phone tree is used when an emergency happens, whether that’s a home problem, a health issue, or some other emergency. Using a phone tree can help your family make sure that the right people are contacted and able to help your loved one. It’s a great idea to write down your phone tree and share it amongst your family, so that everyone knows what their responsibilities are.
Part of emergency preparedness is also keeping the home in good shape. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should be checked regularly, and batteries replaced as needed. Furnace filters are another key home maintenance concern. Any concerns in the home about water flow or electricity should be immediately identified and resolved, as these represent potential fire or mold problems.
Home senior care services can help your aging loved one enjoy health and safety every day, and also plan for tomorrow. Emergency preparedness is important for every family, and especially for anyone living alone. To learn more about the comprehensive in-home services we can provide to you and your loved one, contact our Charlotte office at (704) 980-7620.