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Helpful Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Seniors

Senior Care in Monticello FL

Mother Nature is definitely a force that should not be messed with, and one of the most devastating of her forces is the hurricane. Each year, thousands of businesses and homes are destroyed and, Senior Care in Monticello FLas a result, some people are left homeless.

The intensity and frequency of hurricanes varies and there are some that are so powerful they destroy everything in their path. In addition to the damage hurricanes cause, the emotional toll of these storms can also be great. This is why it is so important to ensure everyone is prepared. For family caregivers, this means they have to make sure seniors are prepared for the storm, as well.

Identify the risks

The first thing that should be done is determine what risks are present for the area. For example, coastal areas are more prone to hurricanes, while inland areas may suffer from tornadoes, floods, and other natural disasters. It is essential to have a plan for every possible situation that may occur.

Create a plan

It is important to have a plan in place that the senior fully understands. If elder care services are provided often, then this plan may need to be something that is practiced. Also, be sure that important documents are gathered in one spot, where they will be easy to find when needed.

Create a network for support

Seniors who have special needs or who cannot get around very well on their own should have a support network. This can include friends, family members, doctors, neighbors and churches. It is essential that these people understand how their coordination can help in the time of an emergency to keep the senior safe.

Create an emergency kit

Being prepared is half the battle and part of being prepared is purchasing plenty of nonperishable food and water to sustain each person in the home for a period of at least three days. Also, be sure that any special needs are seen to, as well, such as hearing aid batteries and extra glasses. In many cases, seniors will not be able to get these supplies together on their own, which is where elder care providers need to step in and assist with this.

Purchase a weather radio

In order to ensure that everyone is able to keep up with what is going on and where to go for help, a weather radio should be called. This can be quite beneficial if the power and lines of communication go down.

Ensuring that senior loved ones are safe for whatever may happen is essential. When it comes to natural disasters, this is no different. When a plan is in place and everything has been prepared, seniors will feel confident that they know what to do if disaster strikes. These plans will also make the elder care provider able to easily implement the plan when a disaster strikes. Keeping this in mind will help ensure all seniors and their care providers are ready for any disaster, including a hurricane, and that they know what to do when Mother Nature strikes.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Monticello, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today: (FL) 850-386-5552 , (GA) 229-236-5552 . Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida & South Georgia

Source
http://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/our-work/housing/info-2012/emergency-disaster-preparedness-plans-for-seniors.html

Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.

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