Emergencies happen. They can happen at any time and they can happen to anybody. For seniors or disabled adults, if they have any need for assistance throughout the day, home care is the best option. Many family members take it upon themselves to be primary caregivers, but nothing beats the dedication, professionalism, and experience that home care aides working for agencies can offer.
These home care aides deal with emergencies, too.
Emergencies can involve medical crises, weather related issues, a fire that breaks out in the house, and so much more. When a family has decided to rely on home care support services, that doesn’t mean they should assume everything is fine and not make emergency plans.
It’s still a good idea to have an emergency plan in place.
The more experience a home care aide has and the more support and resources that exist behind that caregiver (such as through an agency), the more likely that caregiver is going to be able to help develop a reasonable emergency plan. What should that plan include?
While the home care aide is working for the elderly client, that senior may want the caregiver to be in touch with an adult child, spouse, a close family friend, a neighbor, or somebody else in the event of an emergency. For example, if there’s a severe storm that rolls through that knocks out power, how will family members know everything’s okay?
What if the senior has to be taken to the hospital or relocated to a shelter? These contact numbers allow the caregiver or even family members to keep in touch with one another to make sure everyone is aware of what’s going on.
In the event of an evacuation, mandatory or voluntary, where will the senior go? What if there’s no shelter available in the area? Will they go to a friend’s house? Will they go to the closest family member’s house? These are things that need to be established not just among family members but also with that professional home care aide.
What good is it going to do that aid if he or she shows up at the house and no one’s there?
It’s also a good idea to discuss medical emergencies.
Medical emergencies, like a heart attack, stroke, or even injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident can occur. Who will contact who in this type of situation? Where does the senior prefer to go if they have a choice?
When you rely on home care support services, make sure there’s a good, cohesive, and comprehensive emergency plan in place that the aid, family members, and friends (whoever needs to know about it) are clear about.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors in Jupiter, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112. Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.
“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.
Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.
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