Elderly Care Tips: Preparing Your Loved Ones for an Emergency Evacuation

Elderly Care Tips: Preparing Your Loved Ones for an Emergency Evacuation
Senior Care in Salt Lake City, UT

As a family caregiver you are likely already familiar with the importance of having emergency plans in place for your wintertime elderly care journey with your loved ones. You understand the value of having emergency supplies stashed in the home and in the vehicle, and have done what you can to make sure that their home and lawn is prepared for the cold weather to come. While all of these preparations can make a tremendous difference in your parents' health, safety, and comfort during the coldest months of the year, they do not take into consideration the possibility of a weather event that is so serious it may necessitate your parents leaving their home.

An emergency evacuation is not only frightening for your aging adults as they are forced to leave their cozy, safe-feeling homes and go somewhere unfamiliar, but it can also be stressful and dangerous. You hope that an evacuation will never be a part of your elderly care experience, but like any other emergency, planning ahead for the possibility and making sure that your seniors are prepared can help to reduce the stress and make the experience easier for everyone. This is especially important if you are a distance caregiver and would not be able to get to your aging parents in the event of such an emergency.

Use these tips to help you feel more confident as you prepare your aging loved ones for the possibility of an emergency evacuation this winter season:

• Know the evacuation routes. If you live in an area that frequently sees severe enough weather to warrant evacuation, it is likely that there are evacuation routes already posted throughout the area. Even if you have always lived in this area and your parents think that they are familiar with the routes, take some time to review the routes as they do occasionally change. Drive along them so that you can all feel confident using them.

• Prepare a portable kit. If your parents need to evacuate the home they are likely headed to your home, a friend's home, or a special shelter, meaning that they will not necessarily need all of the items in their home emergency kit. This does not mean, however, that they should not have a few items ready to go with them. Pack a portable kit with a first aid kit, over the counter and prescription medications they may need, simple sources of entertainment, and personal information such as contact details and medical need lists.

• Have a plan. Particularly if your family all lives in the same area, establish a family evacuation plan. This should include where you will meet if you are able to drive out of the area, who will call who first, and where you will all go together. This can give everyone greater peace of mind that they are not in this situation alone.

• Find alternatives. If you are a distance caregiver or if your parents do not drive, make sure that you research alternative transportation options for them to get out of their home if an urgent evacuation occurs. 

If you or an aging loved one are considering in-home elder care in Salt Lake City, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

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