What to Do If There May be a Wintertime Power Outage Soon

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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.

Home Care Shelby OH - What to Do If There May be a Wintertime Power Outage Soon

Home Care Shelby OH – What to Do If There May be a Wintertime Power Outage Soon

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.

If you are considering Home Care Services in Shelby 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: Tracy Clark
Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.