The day to day life of being a caregiver is hard. As a caregiver, you know that emergencies can arise in the blink of an eye. One minute you’re planning a casual lunch for two, the next you’re in the emergency room dealing with complications.
Emergencies can come about in many forms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three seniors suffers from a fall each year, leading to both nonfatal and fatal risks. Add in other ailments such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes, and your caregiving skills can quickly escalate to overwhelm at a moments notice.
While nothing will take away the emotional trauma you’ll face in an emergency situation, you can be prepared. Being prepared means any situation you face will run as smooth as possible.
Have All Your Facts
The most important thing you can have at hand is information. In any type of emergency situation, facts can save precious time. No matter if you are at home, or are traveling far from home, always have easy access to vital information for the person you are caring for, including:
- Date of birth
- Social Security Number
- Insurance information
- All medicines and dosage
- Doctors and specialists
- Results of tests
- Dates of recent visits
- Medical conditions
- Brief medical history
- Living wills and health care proxies
With todays technology, its easier than ever to be prepared wherever you go with an app. Try Prime. It helps families coordinate all health care information in one easy place.
Stay Up To Date
Nothing is more frustrating than punching in a phone number or pulling up a website and having it be nonexistant. Regularly touch base with the people that matter most. This includes doctors and specialists you may only see once a year. Verify that you have all current contact information and know how to have access to documents and information when you need it most.
Learn First Aid
As a caregiver, you are most likely to be the first respondent to any medical issue your loved one faces. Do you know CPR? Can you perform simple first aid procedures in an emergency situation? If you’ve never taken a first aid class, now is the time. Then stay prepared. Create a handy medical box that provides you basic tools. Keep first aid kits in a variety of places: home, your car, even a travel bag for outings. Having it available can save precious time.
Have An Overnight Bag … Just In Case
If you had five minutes to pack, what would you need? In some cases that may be all the time you have. Packing a small bag and having it handy can stop you from becoming overwhelmed. Nightclothes, a change of clothes, incontinence products, medications, even comfort items such as books or snacks can help put the person you are caring for at ease.
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