Elderly Care in Ridgefield CT
October 9 through 15 is Fire Prevention Week. As you are working toward reducing the chances that your aging parent will experience a fire in their home it is also important that you put forth effort to also reduce the chances that they will suffer a serious injury should a fire occur in their home. One of the most important things that you can do is to create a fire emergency plan for your elderly parent. This will equip them with the tools and strategy they need to respond effectively should a fire occur in their home.
Use these tips to create a fire emergency plan with your elderly parent:
• Tour the home. Go through the home carefully and evaluate each room for potential exits that can be used in the event of a fire. This should include doors and windows. Even if the window is too high off of the ground to climb out of, it is a place where your parent could call attention to themselves so that emergency responders could come help them out of the home.
• Put emergency exit plans in place. Be sure that there are tools available that can help your parent to escape if a door is not available. This can include an emergency window breaking tool, emergency releases on security bars on the window, or a retractable rope ladder.
• Choose a meeting spot. Select a meeting spot outside of the home where you and your parent can meet in the event that there is a fire. You can use this meeting spot even if you are not in the home with your parent when the fire occurs. Should there be a fire, instruct your parent to still go to their meeting spot after escaping. This way you know exactly where to find them and can tell others, such as their neighbors or emergency responders, where to look for them as soon as you are alerted to the fire in their home.
• Know the protocol. Your parent should know to keep as many doors and windows closed as possible if a fire breaks out. As soon as they are alerted to the presence of smoke or flames, they should immediately get out of the house rather than checking on or going back for anything. If they have to open a door to get out, they should first touch the door to detect heat that might indicate flames on the other side. If it feels hot, they should move on to another exit.
Starting elder care for your aging parent can be one of the most effective and nurturing decisions that you can make for them in the course of your caregiver journey. Hiring an elderly home care services provider can help your parent to manage their particular needs and challenges in the way that is right for them so that they can live the highest quality of life possible as they age in place. This means addressing their ongoing needs, challenges, risks, and limitations, as well as addressing and minimizing potential risk for emergencies. Because emergencies can happen even when you are the most prepared, a care provider can also be there to help your parent respond properly and effectively to the emergency so that they have the best chances of getting through it safely.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Ridgefield, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.