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Media Contact: Assisting Angels Home Care
Skip Critell, Client Relations Manager
Don’t Let The Home Bound Be Caught Unprepared
Help Prepare for Natural Disasters
(BOISE – September 1, 2008) – Each September, during the government-sponsored National Preparedness Month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security takes the lead in a nationwide campaign designed to promote and enhance disaster and emergency preparedness. The campaign creates awareness of the dangers facing all U.S. citizens, as well as encourages Americans to prepare for all types of emergencies in homes, businesses and communities.
In our community, ASSISTING ANGEL HOME CARE understands the risks of unexpected disasters and is encouraging caregivers and family members of local home bound seniors to do three key things to prepare for the unexpected:
– Make a family emergency plan.
– Get an emergency supply kit.
– Be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur in our area and the appropriate responses.
Disasters strike quickly and without warning, and while such emergencies cannot always be prevented, knowing what to do in case of an emergency is the best protection. Developing a disaster preparedness plan is particularly important for the elderly, homebound and those with special needs. If a reputable home care agency is used for care, the elderly can have some assurance and comfort their needs will be taken into consideration in any emergency weather situation.
When selecting a home care agency for a loved one, be certain the agency trains its caregivers in disaster preparedness and has a written emergency plan in place. Planning ahead to ensure adequate care in case of severe weather or natural disaster is imperative. Here are a few key tips that warrant consideration in any elderly person’s disaster plan:
- Create an emergency contact card listing all of the emergency contact numbers and family information, including a list of doctors and relatives or friends who should be notified in case of injury.
- Discuss what to do in case of an emergency.
- Create a “disaster kit” that includes:
- Water for three days
- Non-perishable food for three days (examples include protein and fruit bars, dried fruit, nuts, peanut butter, crackers, canned juices and canned food), plus a manual can opener
- Battery-operated radio with extra batteries
- Flashlight with plenty of extra batteries
- Change of clothes, plus extra blankets
- First aid supplies
- Prescription medicine list, plus copies of prescriptions
- Extra eyeglasses and hearing-aid batteries
- Copies of medical insurance and Medicare cards
- Some cash on hand, as a bank or ATM machine may be inaccessible
- Extra warm clothing
Disasters and other emergencies can be terrifying for the elderly, especially home bound elderly, but with some advance planning, this stress and trauma can be significantly reduced. There are many resources and suggestions available to help in planning and preparation.
ASSISTING ANGELS HOME CARE offers an assortment of useful information about disaster readiness on our Web site. We urge the public to become educated about disaster preparedness and take whatever measures necessary to reduce any sort of loss in an emergency situation.
About ASSISTING ANGELS HOME CARE
ASSISTING ANGELS HOME CARE is located in Idaho and is a locally owned and operated business serving the entire Treasure Valley. It was founded in 2006 and its mission is to provide the highest quality home care and personal care service available. We believe the care we provide enables our clients to live with as much independence and dignity as their condition allows, providing peace of mind to our clients and their families. We will offer these services efficiently, and compassionately. We will provide these services in many settings including homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospitals or wherever our clients reside.
For further information and to download free resources, visit our website at www.AssistingAngels.biz.