Power outages are not uncommon events, particularly during the summer months when severe weather is a more frequent event and storms, high winds, and lightning can result in the power going out. While these outages generally only last for a few minutes, sometimes they can linger on for a few hours or even days. This can be an inconvenient and uncomfortable experience for anyone, but as a family caregiver it is important that you recognize how dangerous it can be for your elderly loved one. Taking steps to prepare your senior for the potential of a power outage can help them to get through this situation in the best way possible.
Use these tips to help your parent prepare for the possibility of a power outage:
- Check their emergency preparedness kit. This kit should include non-perishable food, potable water, a first aid kit, communication devices, changes of clothing, toiletries, and other items that will help your parent stay comfortable, safe, and healthy during the power outage.
- Encourage them to charge up. If there is a risk for a power outage in the imminent future, make sure that your parent takes the time to charge up their devices, including their mobile device. This will ensure that they remain in communication with you throughout the event and can call for help if necessary.
- Purchase coolers and ice. When the weather is indicating that a power outage might occur, make sure that your senior has coolers and purchase ice. This way they can transfer their foods into these coolers to keep them safe during the outage. Consider freezing containers of water to use to chill foods.
- Be aware of emergency shelters. Power outages that occur during the warmer months of the year can lead to your parent being in a dangerous situation in their home. Be aware of emergency shelters in the area that will act as cooling shelters to protect your senior from the potential dangers of overheating.
Starting home care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them throughout the course of your caregiver journey with them. Whether you live at a distance from your parent or have a busy schedule and are unable to be with your senior as often as you would like to be, or you are able to be with them frequently but have a few limitations, this in-home senior care services provider can work with you to create a customized schedule that is right for your loved one’s needs. This includes creating a highly personalized set of services designed to address your parent’s individual needs, challenges, and limitations, as well as to support as much activity, engagement, and independence as possible as they age in place. Through services such as safe and reliable transportation, companionship, and physical assistance, this care provider can help your loved one to achieve and maintain a more fulfilling quality of life throughout this new chapter.
If you or a family member are in need of home care in Boca Raton, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.