When preparing for the potential of a winter storm, one of the most important steps you can take is to pack a winter emergency supplies kit for your aging loved one. This kit should contain all of the items they may need to get them through a winter storm comfortably, safely, and while protecting their health. This emergency supplies kit should be kept within easy access for your senior and their elder care provider so they can utilize it quickly and easily if the need arises. Keep in mind many of the supplies needed for such a kit are the same as they would pack in an emergency supplies kit for any other time of the year, but there are special considerations for during the winter as well. Carefully check over the emergency supplies kit your senior already has to ensure the integrity and ongoing good condition of the supplies in it before adding new ones.
Some items needed in your senior’s winter emergency supplies kit include:
At least one gallon of potable water per person for at least 3 days. Keep in mind you should prepare for your senior as well as anyone else you may be in the home at the time of the power outage, such as you or their elder care provider
Supplies to purify further water if there is a potential for the power outage to last longer than your senior’s potable water supplies may last. This can include iodine tablets, chlorine tablets, and unscented household bleach
- At least a three day supply of non-perishable, nutrient dense food, such as trail mix, protein bars, nut butter, graham crackers, dried fruit, and can beans and vegetables
- Flashlights and extra batteries. You should never use candles for light during a power outage
- Battery operated or crank operated radio so your senior can keep up with information about the storm
- Mobile device and emergency battery to provide a source of communication
- First aid supplies, including over-the-counter medications to manage minor illnesses that may occur
- Extra blankets
- Hand and foot warming packets often sold in camping supply stores
- Toiletry items that can allow your senior to be comfortable even without running water, such as rinse free wash clothes and shampoo caps, waterless tooth brushing tools, and hand sanitizer
Bringing elder care into your routine with your senior is an exceptional way to ensure your care approach is about the whole individual and not just specific issues or challenges. An elderly home care services provider is not just with your parent to help them deal with their health problems or help them navigate to home. While these are important tasks a care provider can offer, they can also provide companionship, offer emotional support, provide transportation to encourage more activity, and more. As a family caregiver, this can ease your mind, reduce your stress, and help you to feel more confident in your loved one’s ability to live their highest quality of life as they age in place.
If you or an aging loved one are considering a Elder Care in Chester, PA please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care today.
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