How Do You Prepare Your Dad for a Lengthy Power Outage?

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Extended power outages negatively impact all ages. They can be especially alarming to an aging parent who lives alone. Make sure your dad is prepared for a lengthy power outage by using this checklist.

Home Care Crestline OH - How Do You Prepare Your Dad for a Lengthy Power Outage?

Home Care Crestline OH – How Do You Prepare Your Dad for a Lengthy Power Outage?

Keep Non-Perishable Foods and Water Bottles on Hand

During a long outage, your dad may not have access to water. If he’s on a well, the pump isn’t going to be running. If there was a flood, his water may not be safe. Make sure there are several gallons of water available for drinking. You could also keep fruit juice that doesn’t have added sugar on hand.

Stock up on non-perishable foods. Peanut butter, preserves, canned foods, crackers, and granola bars work. He won’t have a refrigerator or stove while the power is out, so he needs to have items that he can eat without chilling or cooking. If he has an outdoor gas grill with a side burner, he can use that for heating canned soups and stews.

Have Plenty of Batteries and a Radio

Have a store of batteries for flashlights and a battery-powered radio on hand. Flashlights or battery-powered lanterns are a better idea than candles that increase the risk of a fire. If your dad has a smartphone, invest in a power bank and have it fully charged before the storm hits.

Your dad can rely on those to listen to broadcasts and emergency storm warnings. The power bank helps keep his phone charged in case of an emergency.

Keep Updated on Evacuations

Keep up-to-date with evacuations in your dad’s area. If you hear of any, don’t let him stay. He may be fearful of leaving his home, but he needs to consider his safety. He can go to a shelter, your home, or another trusted person’s home until the storm passes. If he has pets, they should go with him for comfort and their safety.

Make Sure Someone Can Check on Him

Is someone able to check on your dad during a power outage? It could be a neighbor, a nearby family member, or a friend. If no one is close enough, make sure you’ve made arrangements for welfare checks with a home care agency.

Would he be able to get help if he needs it? If he’s no longer safe alone during the week, it’s time to look into home care services. A home care aide is there for companionship, help around the house, and transportation. Call to learn more.

If you are considering Home Care Services in Crestline OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.