Caring for a senior loved one is a rewarding job with many responsibilities. One responsibility a Family Caregiver must maintain is to be properly prepared for the inevitable unexpected event. There are two things you, as the Family Caregiver, should do to be properly prepared:
Have a Safety Monitoring System installed in your senior loved one's home and
Put together a comprehensive Emergency Care Kit to keep on hand.
A Safety Monitoring System Is A Must
When you are in charge of monitoring the safety of a loved one, it is important as the Family Caregiver to have a plan of action for problems or events that can arise unexpectedly. A customized Safety Monitoring System installed by a licensed and certified home health agency such as Freudenthal Home Health protects your loved one when you cannot be there and eases your mind.
What is your biggest safety concern about your senior loved one living at home alone?
A customized Safety Monitoring System that allows your senior loved one to communicate hands-free with safety professionals 24 hours a day will go a long way in giving you peace of mind and protecting your loved one.
An Emergency Care Kit Prepares You To Respond
Here are the essential items to have in an Emergency Kit:
- Medication list
- Medical history information
- Contact lists/numbers
- List of allergies
- Copies of insurance cards
- Hot/cold packs
- Bandages and gauze
- Antibacterial Hand Gel
- Antiseptic wipes
- Digital thermometer
- Blood pressure cuff
- 7 day supply of prescription medications
Additional Items for a loved one with Diabetes:
- Glucose tablets
- Supplies for blood sugar monitor
- Extra syringes and insulin
- Sugary food, such as a chocolate bar
- Extra batteries
- Batteries for hearing aids
- Incontinence supplies
- Toilet paper
- Extra sets of clothes
- Battery powered radio
Keep the items for the Emergency Kit suggested above in a place that is easily accessible for both you and your senior loved one so they have access to it in your absence. Plus, let other family members who may stop by know where the Emergency Kit is kept so they can help if needed.
Simply put, installing a quality safety monitoring system in your loved one's home and having a comprehensive Emergency Kit onsite properly prepares you and your loved one for the unexpected. And that's a good thing!
Contact Freudenthal Home Health for a free estimate on installing a Safety Monitoring System or for any other questions you may have. Have a great week.