First aid kits for around the home are helpful for people of all ages. But for seniors with mobility issues or those who are more likely to need first aid, having a fully stocked first aid kit can improve health and wellness.
What goes into a first aid kit for seniors?
First aid kits can be used to treat minor illnesses and injuries, but they shouldn’t replace visits to the doctor to follow up on injury care. These kits provide a helpful stopgap. According to the Mayo Clinic, the items below are recommended as part of first aid kits tailored for seniors.
• Adhesive bandages
• Elastic wrap bandages
• Mixed butterfly bandages in assorted sizes
• Super glue
• Rubber tourniquet
• Eye shield or pad
• Finger splints
• Cold packs (especially ones that freeze instantly)
• Cotton balls, pads and swabs
• Latex gloves (several pairs)
• Petroleum jelly
• Duct tape
• Hand sanitizer
• Antiseptic ointment
• Turkey bulb (used for flushing out wounds)
• Saline (sterile only)
• Surgical mask
• Rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide
• Syringe, medicine cup and spoon
• Aloe Vera gel (for burns)
• Anti-diarrhea medication
• Calamine lotion
• Antihistamine (look for one recommended for seniors over 65)
• Topical steroid cream
• Pain relievers
• Cough medicine
• Fever reducers
• Bottled water (for taking medication)
*Aspirin can be used to relieve chest pains as the first treatment of a heart attack. Discuss with your doctor what the best options for aspirin are and what dosage is best for chest pains. Remember that certain aspirins can interact with blood thinners.
In addition to the above items, keeping prescription medication in the first aid kit can be helpful. This is also a good place to store dosage instructions, a full list and schedule of medications, names of doctors and phone numbers and appointment calendars.
The emergency part of a first aid kit can make a difference when quick action is needed. This section should be clearly labeled in either an emergency red folder or something clearly indicating what is in it.
• Emergency phone numbers: Includes regular doctor, family doctor, emergency doctor, poison control hotline, emergency road service.
• Medical consent forms for everyone in the home
• Medical history forms for every individual in the home
• Waterproof flashlight and additional batteries
• Emergency radio with backup battery
• Space blanket
• Waterproof matches
• Waterproof writing materials and writing instrument
• Solar charger for phones
• Insect repellent
Ideally, a first aid kit won’t need to be used beyond minor first aid care around the home. However, having a fully stocked first aid kit can make the difference between follow-up care at a hospital and a lengthy stay.
Check the first aid kit regularly to make sure medication isn’t expired, batteries are still retaining a charge, information is current and updated as medical conditions and needs change. First aid classes are offered regularly through the Red Cross, and these may be beneficial for caregivers to take as part of preparation for caring for a senior.
If you or an aging loved one are considering a Caregiver in Quincy, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552.Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.
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