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Elder Care: Preparing For A Natural Disaster

Preparing Your Senior For A Natural Disaster

Particular areas of the country are faced with natural disasters more than others; for example coastal regions of are more likely to be struck by hurricanes than other areas of the country while others are prone to heat waves, floods, tornados or snow storms. Regardless of the threat, it’s best to make certain your aging loved one is prepared in the event of an emergency.

The best way to prepare for an emergency is to have an emergency kit ready, pay attention to news reports and have an evacuation plan in place. Seniors face a host of issues that caregivers may not have considered when a natural disaster strikes. Caregivers need to prepare by considering the following:

  • What will happen to the aging relative in the event of an evacuation?
  • Is there transportation available? How will you know where to find them when the disaster has passed?
  • Is their home safe and the pantry well stocked in the event the caregiver cannot get to them to deliver food and supplies?
  • Are there contingency plans, such as a back-up generator in place, in case your aging relative is trapped in the house and is without running water or power for any length of time?

Chances are, if your aging relative has lived in the same location for any length of time, they are aware of the need for preplanning and preparation in the event of a natural disaster. As they age though, their care needs change and this needs to be addressed.

Every home should have a disaster preparedness kit stocked with essentials to last a minimum of seven days. This kit includes:

  • One gallon of water per person per day
  • Non perishable foods and juices
  • Manual can openers
  • Battery-operated radio
  • Flashlights with working batteries
  • Toiletries
  • Other items such as additional blankets, books or other items to pass the time if there is no electricity
  • Essential medications
  • If there are pets in the household, make certain you have a supply of pet food packed as well as the animal’s medical records

Keep the items in your emergency preparedness kit in an airtight bag or container in a closet by the door. In the event of an evacuation, your aging parent will be more comfortable if they have some familiar items.

In addition to having an emergency kit available, one of the best ways to care for an aging relative in the event of an emergency is to have a network of friends, family or neighbors available who can check in on them. Contingency plans should be in place and emergency contact telephone numbers should be put in the emergency kit because it is hard to remember phone numbers in a time of crisis.

Being prepared for an emergency by listening to news and weather reports and communicating with family is one of the best ways to make certain that when disaster strikes, your aging loved one will be as safe as possible under the circumstances.

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Medical Alert System Helps in the Event of a Fall or Serious Medical Concern.

Falls can have serious consequences. About 10% to 15% of all falls in older people will result in some serious physical injury.  Fractures occur in 5% of all falls while fall-related injuries are reported to be the fifth most common cause of death in the elderly population and the most likely cause of accidental death. According toYaleUniversityMedicalSchool, the chances of surviving are six times greater if an individual who falls is found within an hour.

Facts about falls

  •  More than one third of adults 65 and older fall every year in the United States.
  • Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths. They are also the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.
  • Over 1.8 million people 65 and older each year are treated in emergency departments for injuries from falls.
  • Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls. Continue reading

Medical Alert System Helps in the Event of a Fall or Serious Medical Concern.

Falls can have serious consequences. About 10% to 15% of all falls in older people will result in some serious physical injury.  Fractures occur in 5% of all falls while fall-related injuries are reported to be the fifth most common cause of death in the elderly population and the most likely cause of accidental death. According toYaleUniversityMedicalSchool, the chances of surviving are six times greater if an individual who falls is found within an hour.

Facts about falls

  •  More than one third of adults 65 and older fall every year in the United States.
  • Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths. They are also the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.
  • Over 1.8 million people 65 and older each year are treated in emergency departments for injuries from falls.
  • Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls. Continue reading

What is a Medical Alarm Device?

A medical alarm device is a product that, in the event of an emergency, can quickly put you in touch with medical
care providers who can dispatch Emergency crews and contact your loved one helping elderly or sick individuals live a more independent lifestyle.

How Does A Personal Medical Alarm Device Work?

Simply put, the user wears a pendant or watch while going about every day chores and activities. In the event of a fall or medical emergency, the wearer pushes the alarm button which automatically calls the Emergency Response Center to notify your designated doctor, family and friends of an emergency.

When the Lifefone Medical Alarm Device is activated for assistance, your call will be connected with a trained operator at the Lifefone Emergency Response Center. Your personal profile is displayed for the team allowing them to send an ambulance and contact relatives or friends according to your desire. The service is active 24 hours, 7 days a week. Continue reading

Complete Home Safety, Even In The Shower

Feeling safe in your home means feeling safe in every part of your home, even while showering. Many elderly fear when taking a shower because of the awkward bathtubs they have to climb over and the slippery lining of many tub floors. The concern of not being able to reach help while showering is a frightful thought. LifeFone’s personal emergency response system allows peace of mind throughout the users home, even in the shower!

 

Feeling safe in your home is only as good as the medical alarm company a user works with. With easy installation, a football field’s length in response distance and top-notch customer service, LifeFone treats its customers like family! Continue reading

Complete Home Safety, Even In The Shower

Feeling safe in your home means feeling safe in every part of your home, even while showering. Many elderly fear when taking a shower because of the awkward bathtubs they have to climb over and the slippery lining of many tub floors. The concern of not being able to reach help while showering is a frightful thought. LifeFone’s personal emergency response system allows peace of mind throughout the users home, even in the shower!

 

Feeling safe in your home is only as good as the medical alarm company a user works with. With easy installation, a football field’s length in response distance and top-notch customer service, LifeFone treats its customers like family! Continue reading

The Decision that Saved Mary Ellen. By: Melissa Wise, RN

“Is this a medical emergency?”

The LifeFone operator was responding to a 2:17 am alert from 74-year old Mary Ellen Rhine. A few minutes before, Mary Ellen had stepped out of bed to get get a drink of water, and slipped on a stray sock that had been left on her bedroom floor.  She landed hard on her shoulder and then realized that her leg was also hurt.

Moving was going to be difficult, if not impossible. Through the pain, she pressed her pendant button to alert her medical alert service LifeFone to the problem. From a speaker attached to her wall she could hear the reply.”This is the LifeFone operator.  Are you hurt?” Continue reading

Ensuring Peace of Mind by Choosing the Right Medical Alarm

Most elderly individuals would prefer to remain living within the comforts of their own homes for as long as possible, but with more than 33 percent of the accidents and falls involving elderly people over the age of 65 occurring in the home, this option becomes worrisome.

Luckily, there are numerous devices available to summon help in the event your loved one experiences a medical emergency while in their home. Known an medical alarms, medical alerts or personal emergency response systems, all elderly individuals would benefit from investing in such devices to ensure safety is available at the touch of a button. Continue reading