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Reviewing and Refreshing Your Parent’s Emergency Kit

By Vicki and Brian Day

September is National Preparedness Month. As a family caregiver, this is the ideal time for you to take meaningful steps to ensure that your senior is not only prepared for the possibility of an emergency or disaster situation, but also for how they will be able to handle such a situation in the best way for them. One of the most important elements of anyone’s preparedness is an emergency kit. Having such a kit easily accessible for your aging parent ensures that they will be able to have what they need to get them through the disaster situation. Building such an emergency kit is not a one-time task for ensuring that your parent is properly prepared. Instead, it is essential that you regularly review and refresh your parent’s kit to make sure that it has everything that it needs and is in the proper condition to be as helpful for your loved one as possible.

Use these tips to review and refresh your parent’s emergency kit during National Preparedness Month:

• Schedule a review for your parent’s kit every three months and stick to that schedule
• Take every item out of the kit and review its condition, as well as the condition of the container, to ensure that it is fit for continued use
• Check the expiration dates on all food and medical products in the kit. Use or dispose of expired items and replace them with new items
• Trade out items according to the seasons, ensuring that your parent has the items that they need for the specific emergencies or disasters that are more likely, such as a summer thunderstorm versus a winter blizzard

If you feel that your parent’s needs or challenges are too much for you to handle their care successfully, or you feel that they would simply benefit from additional support and assistance, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. As a family caregiver, knowing that your aging parent has the highly personalized services of an in-home care provider can give you peace of mind and reassure you that they will get everything that they need both when you are with them and when you are not. This care provider’s services can fill care gaps that exist in your routine and offer your parent additional benefits such as reliable transportation, dedicated companionship, and professional care to help them manage their individual challenges and limitations. This can reduce your stress and ensure that you are able to focus on other obligations in your life as well.

https://www.ready.gov/seniors

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN NORTHAMPTON, PA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS. CALL TODAY! (610) 365-4266.