The recent increase in storms in the Midwest has led to thousands of unexpected power outages. For most of us, not having power is more of a nuisance than a life-threatening occurrence. However, for seniors living on their own, a power outage can be disastrous.
Senior adults can be left without food or water, transportation, or a way to contact family. They could also be more susceptible to a slip and fall if they have no electricity. These can all be very stressful and frightening to a senior.
Although we cannot predict when a power outage will happen, there are certain precautions that can be taken ahead of time to help minimize the risks of injury or starvation.
- Keep items such as wheelchairs and walkers in a designated place so it can be found quickly
- Put together a disaster kit that contains a supply of non-perishables, water, medications to last at least 3 days
- Notify the local electric company if there is an emergency medical device in the home. They will make a note of it and your loved one will be on a list for immediate attention in the case of an emergency.
- Make sure there are adequate flashlights and batteries located in a place that is easy to access. Do not use candles as they are a fire hazard.
- Put together a small supply of medications and other necessary medical items
- A list of medications or other medical information
- Cell phone with an extra battery and charger
- Keep some cash on hand in case local ATMs or banks are closed due to power outages
- Turn off or unplug all major appliances, as they can be damaged when the power returns
Taking responsibility and planning in advance of any big storm is highly recommended to alleviate many potential hazards. You can get information on the radio, news, or internet to help you prepare. At Enriched Life Home Care Services, we care about the health and safety of your loved ones and hope you will take the time to help your loved ones prepare for the unexpected.
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