Preparing For Emergencies With Seniors and ElderlyPosted on May 29, 2014 by ElderCare Resources Phoenix in Blog, Caregiver Education, Education, Hospitals
Anticipate and Respond to Elderly Emergencies
If you have a loved one who is a senior citizen, it’s natural to expect them to require additional medical help as time goes by. The senior population in the United States is living longer, thanks to advances in medical science, and this means that new challenges in elder care in every community. Thankfully, keeping your elderly loved one safe and healthy is manageable when you follow common sense and a few practical tips.
One of the most important things you can do to help your elderly loved one with their health care is to be informed. If possible, go to doctor’s appointments with them. Know status of your loved one’s health, and stay alert as to whether they are suffering from memory problems. Also, keep note of their prescription drugs and any warnings or adverse interactions associated with them.
Check in Often
If your elderly loved one lives on his or her own, check in often. Seniors who live alone may suffer from accidents, such as slips and falls. Without someone checking in on them regularly, what could have been a simple fix may turn into a serious medical emergency. You might also create a phone call or visitation schedule so that your seniors can check in with you. If you don’t hear from them, follow up immediately to see if they need emergency care.
Consider Professional Elder Care
If you aren’t able live with or near your loved one, but you know that he or she needs additional help, consider elder care solutions such as in-home care or a retirement community. When considering these options, you will have to make sure that your loved one is on board and understands that he or she is not being denigrated by these choices. The purpose behind hiring professional care is to ensure the senior’s safety and avoid medical emergencies.