Home Care in Redding, CT - Being Prepared for an Emergency can be Lifesaving
What kind of emergency plan do you have in place for yourself, your family, or even an elderly loved one? For individuals who require some type of home care, an emergency plan may be more than just practical. It may be lifesaving.
Any type of in-home care service that someone relies on as the result of some physical, emotional, or mental limitations that they may have at this point in time may make it more difficult getting out of the house in the event of an emergency. Your elderly father might require assistance preparing meals, getting up and down stairs, getting dressed in the morning, or just having some companionship throughout the day.
Because he requires home care, it means he is limited in his capabilities. What happens in the event of an emergency? Where would the home care provider take him? Who would the home care provider call?
It all depends on the different types of emergencies that could arise. Most people, when thinking about home care, only consider health emergencies for the elderly individual who requires an in-home care service provider. Yet there are many other potential emergencies that can arise.
Begin Planning for Emergencies
The best thing you can do is to think about any reasonable potential emergency that could arise for you, your elderly loved one, or even the in-home care service provider. Many professional home care agencies already have various emergency plans in place, but they don’t take everything into account.
A weather-related emergency, for example, could require your loved one to be evacuated. If an evacuation is required by local authorities, they will most likely have shelters for these evacuees to go to. In that case, make sure the home care provider has transportation and can get your loved one to this shelter.
Plan for phone calls. During an emergency situation, it’s important that people are aware of what is going on. The in-home care service provider should have at least a couple of different phone numbers for family members of the patient. This way he or she can contact someone to let them know the situation.
In the event that they have to be evacuated or there is some other type of emergency, such as a fire at the house or other serious situation, and family members cannot be reached, you should have a meeting place designated. This would be a location that the home care provider would take the elderly loved one (assuming he or she is healthy and fine) and where they would wait until his or her family members show up.
Planning for various emergency situations is one of the best ways to protect loved ones, especially those who require some type of home care.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Redding, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2560.