What does June mean to you?
Do you think of summer starting officially?
Kids out of school?
How about the official start of Hurricane Season for the mainland U.S.?
Mary didn’t think much about hurricanes or winter storms until she became a caregiver for her elderly mother.
Suddenly the possibility of losing electricity was not just an inconvenience. Losing air conditioning in 90-plus temperatures would put a strain on her mother’s frail heart.
And might result in needing to move temporarily from their home to an air conditioned motel, possibly some distance away.
The potential loss of food in the refrigerator and freezer would upset her mother…
Adding to Mary’s concerns and caregiver stress.
Just thinking about it made her realize she needed to plan for the unexpected.
Do you have a plan for an emergency?
It could be a flood, a hurricane, a winter storm, or what’s recently been called “man-made disasters.”
When you’re a caregiver, you have not only yourself to think about but also anyone you’re caring for. Being prepared for the unexpected emergency is a year-long goal, not just confined to one season.
What are some ways to prepare for an emergency like a hurricane?
- Read up on disaster preparedness. You can find information at sites like NOAA or Ready.gov. Both of them have information you may want to review.
- Make an emergency plan ahead of time. Knowing what you need in supplies and having them available, and having a plan in how to react can help when a crisis comes.
- Stay up-to-date with weather and news alerts. The more time you have to plan in advance, the more choices you’ll have. Sometimes disasters strike without warning, but utilizing the warnings you have can help decrease your caregiver stress.
- Consider options for the person you’re caring for. If there’s time, would the person you’re caring for be better off with another relative for a few days? Or do you need to consider evacuating before the storm and before the escape routes are crowded? Knowing your options for an escape route should be part of your disaster planning.
- Nonperishable foods, supplies and medications. Do you have enough for a few days? Is a few days enough?
You may need to deal with not only emergency supplies, but how the person you’re caring for will react.
- Does she understand the potential emergency?
- Will she cooperate with a change in routine? Or get upset?
- Is she likely to hurt herself if the unexpected occurs?
What’s the best time to prepare for an emergency?
Before it happens!
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To your healthy caregiving,