Caregiving • Safety How to Prepare for a Home Care Medical Emergency
It is essential to have an emergency plan prepared when providing home care to seniors. As seniors age, they become much more likely to have an accident, and especially if they have a physical disability. Being prepared for a medical emergency and practicing different methods of prevention can help you handle the situation better should an emergency arise. Read below and get started on your plan.
Be Prepared and Practice Prevention
Preparedness and prevention go hand in hand. You can take necessary steps so that you are always prepared for an emergency to occur, rather than trying to come up with a plan in the moment. By practicing preventive measures, you can begin to be more strategic when it comes to your day-to-day tasks and caring for your senior.
Techniques to Save a Life
Knowing several different techniques that can save a senior’s life during a time of crisis is important. Not only should you know the following techniques, but you should always be well versed in them to perform them at any time. The Heimlich maneuver, CPR, chest compressions, and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation are all vital to know.
Prepare for Any Kind of Emergency
Emergencies of all kinds happen at any time – even natural disasters and situations where you may need to evacuate with your senior. In these situations, planning ahead makes a difference. In your plan, include having a to-go bag ready with essential items you may need on the go. Outline evacuation routes, have a list of emergency contacts and plan for pets as well.
One of the most critical components during an emergency is your own reaction to the situation. Take control of your emotions and stay calm. Once you have yourself under control, you can begin giving direction and orders to others involved who need it.
If you are still looking for more information on how to be prepared for a home care emergency situation, we are here to help at HouseWorks. Our friendly Caregivers are always available to take your calls and help you schedule your consultation.