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Ways to Train the Elderly for Emergencies

Jan 3, 2019 by Larry Morgan

There’s no denying the fact that seniors are especially susceptible during natural disasters. Training the elderly for emergencies increase the chances of their safety during natural disasters. Seniors with mobility issues are especially vulnerable during emergencies as they can’t get around easily and often require special healthcare needs. Training elders for an emergency can take a lot of effort and time, but it might also be the difference between life and death during a disaster. Here are a few important steps that can help seniors prepare for emergencies.

Build an emergency kit

It’s critical that seniors have food, medicine, water, and supplies that will help them survive in an extended power or water outage. Prepare for at least 7 days of basics. Include the following things:

  • Clean drinking water
  • Non-refrigerated foods that’s easily consumable
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • All necessary medication supplies like syringes for insulin
  • Garbage bags for temporary toileting
  • Moist towelettes for personal hygiene
  • Radio for to stay updated with the news and alerts
  • Wrench to turn off gas or water
  • Whistle
  • Dust mask
  • Plastic sheeting and tape to shelter in place
  • First aid kit

Also keep copies of important information like:

  • Medical insurance and Medicare cards
  • A list of prescriptions, and orders for medical equipment – including dosage, allergy information, and treatment
  • Contact information of family, friends, doctors, hired caregivers, and other people in their support network

Other supplies that come in handy include:

  • Extra pair of eyeglasses
  • Extra batteries for hearing aids and wheelchairs
  • Extra food and water for pets
  • Feeding tube, catheters, or ostomy supplies.
  • Plan for refrigerated medications like insulin – talk with your doctor about emergency options
  • Oxygen – contact the medical equipment company about emergency options

Form a Support Network

It not always possible for caregivers or family members to be in the vicinity when disaster strikes your loved ones. That’s why it is important to create support networks with trusted neighbors, friends, and relatives who could step in instead of you during an emergency. Make sure that all members of the support network are familiarized with the needs of your loved ones. Get them acquainted with the important medications, medical devices, and supplies.?

Create an emergency plan

Depending on the magnitude of the disaster, it could be safe at times to evacuate the place or take shelter in a different location. Disasters are unpredictable, hence, keep places for shelter and evacuation ready. Jot down an emergency plan and share them with everyone in your senior’s support group so that everyone is on board regarding the plan of action in case calamity strikes.?

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