Facing a disaster or weather emergency with your aging veteran parent can be terrifying and upsetting, but careful preparation and awareness can make these situations less intimidating and help your parent get through them in the way that is right for them. This is not just about what your parent should do leading up to an emergency event or what they should do during the event. You should also make sure that your veteran loved one knows what to do after such an event to help them deal with the aftermath and get back to their normal lifestyle.
Use these steps to handle an emergency or disaster situation immediately after it happens:
• Evaluate the area for any safety issues that need to be addressed and promptly contact authorities if there are serious hazards.
• If your loved one has sustained injuries, administer the appropriate first aid and contact emergency medical services if necessary. If you are in doubt about the severity of the injury, contact emergency medical services for assistance.
• If there has been an earthquake, stay in place to handle aftershocks.
• Limit use of telephones and mobile phones to contacting emergency professionals and reaching out to your personal care network. Emergency response units will need the phone lines to be able to respond effectively.
• Encourage your loved one to remain calm and take the situation one step at a time. Handle the most urgent and pressing issues first and then move on to the next.
• If your veteran loved one has been evacuated from their home, do not permit them to return to the home until the authorities have declared the area safe. Consider having professionals evaluate the home prior to bringing your parent home so that you can be aware of any potentially dangerous damage or other issues and address them effectively.
• Avoid driving as much as possible.
• Do not go into any areas of standing water or touch any water that is around the home as these can be contaminated, electrified, or moving very quickly without you realizing it.
Starting home care for your veteran loved one can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them during the course of your caregiver journey with them. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your veteran parent on a customized schedule to ensure that your parent gets the care, support, and encouragement that they need both when you are able to be with them and when you are not. This ensures that they are able to live the quality of life that they desire and deserve while pursuing an active, engaged, and fulfilling lifestyle with as much independence as possible.
When it comes to emergency situations, a home care provider can help your veteran parent to feel more confident in their preparation for these situations so that they are able to handle them in the best way for them. Immediately following an emergency, this care provider can offer support, supervision, and assistance that will enable your parent to take the steps that they need to, while also enabling you to do what you need to do to get them back to their normal life as soon as possible.