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Tips for Preparing for the Types of Emergencies that are Most Likely in Your Parent’s Area

By Denise Roskamp

Emergency preparedness is something that is absolutely vital in your role as a family caregiver. While you do not want to think about your loved one facing an emergency or disaster situation and potentially being in danger, ignoring this reality and not taking the steps that you need to can put them at much higher risk. Taking the time to carefully prepare your loved one for such events can give them greater confidence facing the possibility of such a situation, and help to give them the tools that they need to get through it as safely and healthily as possible. One of the most important elements of getting your aging parent prepared for emergencies is making sure that they are prepared for the types of situations that are most likely in their area. While it is always possible that other events can occur, identifying the types of emergencies that are most likely in your parent’s area ensures that you focus the most attention on those possibilities so that you can make the most of your time, energy, and resources.

Use these tips to help prepare your loved one for the types of emergencies that are most likely in their area:

• Research the area to find out about the most serious natural disasters that have occurred in the area in recent years
• Research the type of damage that occurred as a result of those disasters so that you can have an idea of what might happen if such an event happens again
• Consider any special circumstances that your parent has, such as the type of home that they live in or the specific health and issues that they face that might make getting through such an event as safely and healthily as possible

Starting elder care for your aging loved one can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them as their family caregiver. An elderly home care services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they get the level of care, support, and encouragement that they need throughout their later years to remain happy, healthy, comfortable, and safe, while also pursuing as much independence and activity as possible. When it comes to helping them handle emergency situations, this elder care provider can help your parent understand the risks that they are facing, ensure that they have the emergency preparation supplies that they might need to help them through the situation, and even plan preparedness activities such as running drills to help with the possibility of evacuation or other disasters. When it comes to your emergency preparedness plan, this care provider can be a valuable component, reviewing and reinforcing the plan with your senior, acting as an extra member of your emergency network, and guiding your loved one through the steps of their plan during the event if they are present when it occurs. They can also be invaluable at helping your parent identify the risks that are most pressing in their area so that they are fully informed. As a family caregiver this can give you a tremendous sense of relief knowing that if your elderly parent does face a disaster situation, they will be ready to do what they need to do to get through it in the best way possible.