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Caregiver Tips: Are You Prepared for an Emergency

By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on

Family caregivers often go about their days trying to balance caring for their aging loved one, working and raising children. Just getting through the day can be difficult, not leaving much time to think about what would happen during an emergency. Yet, taking the time to properly plan for the unexpected, can help to ensure the safety of your aging parent or loved one should your day be interrupted by an emergency.

For family caregivers, emergencies can be defined as anything from suddenly falling ill and unable to provide adequate care for their loved one to a natural disaster. To help you better prepare, Home Care Assistance of Fairfield lists a few possible emergencies and what you can do today for peace of mind tomorrow.

  1. Being Unable to Provide Care – Whether you become sick or need to tend to a work commitment, it’s important that you have a list of resources for alternative care. You should always have options for individuals who can step in to provide respite or temporary care. Along with family members, it’s a good idea to contact home care agencies in Fairfield to learn their options for respite or part-time care so that you know you have a back-up option if an emergency is to arise.
  2. Traveling Out of Town – If you are called out of town for the weekend, it’s important that you have someone in mind who can provide care on an overnight or around the clock basis. Long-term care facilities may be able to provide a bed for a person needing temporary care for the weekend, but the process can take time because of paperwork and approvals required by insurance companies and state regulators of this type of care. Consider other options such as 24 hour home care in Fairfield from reliable home care agencies like Home Care Assistance.
  3. A Fall or Injury – It is also important to keep a list of your loved one’s current medications available as well as a list of their doctors and their contact information. This information should be easily accessible so that you can provide it to any medical personnel who might be involved in your loved one’s care after a fall or accident at home. A simple list can ensure they receive the right level of care and medications that do not cause adverse interactions with current prescriptions.
  1. Natural Disasters – A list of medications and at least a three-day supply of medication, water and food should be kept in the home in case of a severe weather emergency. Caregivers should also have a plan for where they can take a loved one when a home or other dwelling is uninhabitable. Not all emergency shelters are set up to take in persons with medical issues, dementia or limited mobility.

The above tips are just a few of the ways that family caregivers can be proactive in preparing for emergencies. If you are looking to learn more about Fairfield hourly care or your overnight and live-in care options, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Fairfield at 203-955-1915 and schedule a complimentary, in-home consultation to learn more about our care services, friendly and highly trained caregivers and flexible care schedules with no long-term contracts.