If you have an elderly loved one that you care for but are worried about caring for themselves, especially during times of inclement weather or other external issues, there are things you can do to help ensure that they’re well taken care of and safe when extreme weather heads their way.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three ways to help your elderly loved one prepare for a coming storm.
Help Them Build Up An Emergency Supply
One of the most common issues that come up during and after a big storm is losing power. When this happens, it really pays to have been prepared for this possibility beforehand. And if you’re worried about your elderly loved one being able to do this on their own, you can definitely help them in putting together an emergency supply.
Within this supply, SeniorCareCorner shares that you’ll want to ensure that your loved one has extras for medication and medical equipment in addition to having the basics of food and water taken care of. And if there are any other items that your loved one uses on a daily basis, you’ll want to help them gather extras of this as well to keep in their emergency supply.
Then, every six months or so, help your loved one go through their supply to get rid of or restock items as necessary.
Make A Plan For Communication
With everything that’s going on outside during a storm, it can be easy for your loved one to forget to check in with you and let you know that they’re okay or that they need help. Because of this, it’s important that you and your loved one come up with a plan for communication during a coming storm.
As part of this plan, Aging.com recommends that you reach out to your loved one and let them know about an impending storm in case they aren’t aware. When you make this initial communication, you can then tell them that you’ll call back in a few hours to check on them or request that they call you to check in.
Schedule A Visit As Soon As It’s Safe
When a storm is actively raging, it’s not going to be safe for you to try to get to where your loved one lives. But as soon as it’s safe for you to be out on the roads and venturing into the areas that were hit by the storm, Monisha Shah, a contributor to ABC News, shares that actually going out to your loved one’s house can be very beneficial.
If any damage was sustained after the storm, or if your loved one is just shaken up, being there with them to assess what happened and offer help can be invaluable. And while you’re there, you can also help them take steps to prepare for the next big storm, too.
If you have an elderly loved one that lives in an area prone to severe weather and storms, consider using the tips mentioned above to help them prepare for and stay safe during bad weather.