Snow storms, ice storms, and other winter weather can leave families and individuals stuck in their home for days, often without means of contacting others. If you are an elderly person with certain regular medical needs, it is important to be prepared for winter weather and the possibility of becoming stranded in your home. Here are a few tips on preparing for the worst:
· Be up to date on all medication. If a storm is headed your way, make sure you have an ample supply of pills, vitamins, and prescription medications. If you are beginning to run low, it may be a good idea to order or purchase more just in case the storm lasts longer than anticipated.
· Have a back-up electrical power source. If you have any machines or medical apparatus that run on electricity, make sure you have a generator or battery power option available. If the power goes out in your location, you need to make sure you will still get whatever help you need from your machine.
· Have alternate communication plans. If the landline phone goes out at your home and the nearby cell tower is damaged, you will be cut off from friends, family members, and doctors who could help you in an emergency. Have an alternate means of communication just in case the worst happens and you need medical assistance immediately.
· Have all copies of your medical forms and prescriptions available. If you are stuck in an emergency situation, you will not have time to go by the doctor’s office or pharmacy to pick up your file. You may need emergency medical care, and having all of the proper forms on hand will speed the process along considerably.
· Have extra oxygen if necessary. If you or your loved one requires oxygen, either sporadically or on a regular basis, make sure you have enough oxygen tanks on hand at all times. You don’t want to be stranded and have only one tank.
· Have enough food and water to last you for a few days. If the pipes freeze and you are unable to turn on water, make sure you have some emergency bottles stored away. Set aside enough food to keep you well fed if you get stuck in your home.
Always be prepared during the winter for the worst-case scenario and you’ll be able to handle anything that comes your way. For more information on health concerns and the availability of quality services, contact Preferred Home Health today.