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Tips for Keeping Your Loved One Safe during a Power Outage

By Hilary and Greg Eldridge

A power outage can be a scary event for your elderly parent. Fortunately there are steps that you can take that will help your senior to stay safer during a power outage. This can give both of you peace of mind that they can get through this situation in the healthiest, safest way possible.

Use these tips to help keep your elderly parent safe during a power outage:

• Reach for flashlights. When the lights go out, reach for flashlights to provide emergency lighting rather than lighting candles. Candles can tip or their flame can shift, catching items around them on fire and dramatically increasing the danger of the situation. Consider investing in good quality flashlights that can plug into the wall. These glow when the power goes out, making them easy to find.

• Do not open refrigerator or freezer doors. Your parent’s emergency supply kit should contain non-perishable food, making accessing the food in the freezer or refrigerator unnecessary. Keeping the doors to these appliances closed protects the food inside. The refrigerator can keep the food cold for up to four hours, while a stocked freezer can protect food for up to 48 hours.

• Use generators safely. If your aging parent has a generator, make sure that they use it outside of their home and never inside.

• Keep cool. The heat that can occur rapidly inside a home during a power outage during the summer months can be extremely dangerous to your elderly parent. Seniors are particularly vulnerable to dramatic temperatures, potentially leading to life-threatening complications. If your parent is vulnerable to this heat and the power outage will last more than a few hours, transfer them to a cool area, such as your home, a shopping mall, a movie theater, or even an emergency cooling shelter in their community. If you are not able to move them, contact the emergency services in your parent’s area to arrange for transport for your loved one.

Starting home care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them throughout the course of your caregiver journey with them. Whether you live at a distance from your parent or have a busy schedule and are unable to be with your senior as often as you would like to be, or you are able to be with them frequently but have a few limitations, this in-home senior care services provider can work with you to create a customized schedule that is right for your loved one’s needs. This includes creating a highly personalized set of services designed to address your parent’s individual needs, challenges, and limitations, as well as to support as much activity, engagement, and independence as possible as they age in place. Through services such as safe and reliable transportation, companionship, and physical assistance, this care provider can help your loved one to achieve and maintain a more fulfilling quality of life throughout this new chapter.


If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care in Stone Mountain, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.