When the winter weather comes, it is important to be prepared for the potential of serious storms and power outages. You’re elderly loved one could suffer serious consequences during a power outage, but with proper preparation, you can protect their health and safety as they get through this event.
If there may be a wintertime power outage in the near future, some steps you can take to protect your parent include:
If the power outage is imminent and you are not confident your senior’s home or your senior is properly prepared for such an event, consider having them come to your house. While they’re still may be a power outage, if your senior is already in the home with you and your family, it is easier to manage everyone’s needs, health and safety.
Get in touch with the electrical company and make sure they know there is a senior in the home. This is particularly important if your parents has medical issues requiring the use of medications or supplies that need to be chilled or that require electricity. This can have them put on a priority list for quicker restoration of services.
Make sure you are aware of the location of all emergency shelters in your senior’s area. This way if the power outage lasts for longer than a few hours or other issues arise, your parent can be transferred to this shelter.
If your senior has pets, make sure they are part of the preparations. They should have food and potable water readily available, must have proper identification on their tags, and have blankets and other items available to keep them warm and safe.
Carefully check your senior’s emergency supplies kit to make sure it has everything they might need in the event the power outage lasts for longer than a few hours. This includes potable water, non-perishable, nutrition dense food, first aid supplies capella flashlights and extra batteries, a mobile device and emergency battery, extra blankets, and toiletries.
When it comes to being an effective family caregiver for your senior, you will make a wide variety of decisions. One of the best you can make for them is starting home care. A home care services provider can offer a highly customized set of services specifically designed to manage their health and safety needs through services such as mobility support, meal preparation, encouragement to exercise, medication reminders, and more. They can also support mental and emotional well-being, encourage more activity, and overall healthier parent to live their best life.