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 Checklist: Emergency Planning for Frail Elders

In addition to the standard supplies of food, water and first aid kits, if you have an elderly or disabled relative living with you or nearby, there some additional precautions to consider when preparing for natural disasters and emergency situations.

  • Wheelchairs: If your parent is in a wheelchair or has mobility problems, plan for how he or she will evacuate. If you use a motorized wheelchair, have a manual wheelchair as a backup.
  • Durable medical equipment: Most emergency shelters do not have durable medical available on site. You must bring your own.
  • Blind or visually impaired: Keep an extra cane by the bed and attach a whistle to it. Remind your parent to exercise caution when moving, as paths may have become obstructed.
  • Hearing impaired: Keep extra batteries for hearing aids with emergency supplies. Store hearing aids in a container attached to the senior’s nightstand or bedpost, so they can be located quickly after a disaster.
  • Have ID information on hand for the elderly person as well as copies of relevant emergency documents, evacuation plans and emergency health information card.
  • Talk to your doctor about stocking up on a week’s supply of all prescription medication.
  • Make sure elders know where the first aid kit and emergency supplies are located.
  • Establish a communication plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another.
  • If your relative has Alzheimer’s or dementia, know that even cognitively impaired people oftentimes have an innate understanding that something is wrong. Remain calm during an emergency. Explain what is happening clearly and simply, but don’t expect them to remember specific details. Validate their concerns, but provide clear direction without condescending or losing patience.
  • If your elderly parent lives at home alone and receives assistance from a home healthcare agency, find out how they respond to an emergency. Designate backup or alternative providers that you can contact in an emergency.
  • If your relative lives in a nursing home or assisted living, check the facility’s website for updates and 800-number that are typically established for communication with families.

Source: Agingcare.com

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