The storm is over, but the cleanup and recovery is just beginning. For seniors at home and in nursing homes, assisted living communities and other residential facilities, the week has been especially harrowing; were it not for certain home health care providers (see today’s earlier post) or effective disaster preparedness plans in senior living communities (see a post from earlier this week), the consequences would have been dire.
At this time, we should all take advantage of the clear vision that a “hindsight is 20/20” view offers; everyone who is caring for seniors in a professional capacity, as a family caregiver, or as a concerned neighbor and friend, should plan now for natural disasters to come. Plan now for the winter season ahead. Plan now for unforeseen medical emergencies.
It can be as simple as creating and fulfilling a checklist of supplies to keep on hand, like water, flashlights, batteries, blankets, and non-perishable food items. Maybe it’s time to make a list of all the medications your loved one is currently taking, along with the pharmacy’s phone number and refill dates. If you don’t have a will or advanced directives in place, don’t delay. If being without power for an extended amount of time would pose a great health risk, consider purchasing a generator or other safe, alternative source of energy.
For more information on emergency preparedness, click here.
Dig deeper: read this report from Medical News Today, “Sandy’s Aftermath Leaves Seniors Particularly Vulnerable.”