Seniors and Caregivers: How to Prepare for a Medical Emergency

By Tom Lee, 3:01 pm on
Preparing for a medical emergency

It is always worth it to be fully prepared for a medical emergency if you are a senior, or if you are a caregiver taking care of a senior. Since seniors become more at risk of having an accident as they age, both being prepared and being proactive with prevention are invaluable. Having a plan ready could save a senior’s life during a time of crisis. Below, learn several important ways to be prepared during an emergency.

Preparation and Prevention

The preparation and preventative measures that you take every day are just as important as how you react to and handle an emergency situation. When you focus on prevention, this means you are being methodical about your day-to-day tasks. With preparation, you will be ready to act if an accident were to occur.

Learn Different Ways to Save a Life

As a caregiver, there are various techniques you must know when caring for a senior. The following techniques are essential to know in an emergency: the Heimlich maneuver, CPR, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and the like. Practicing these skills regularly will help you feel confident in your abilities during an emergency situation.

Make a Plan to Act On

It is best to be prepared for an accident to occur at any time and of any kind. Even natural disasters or situations where you may need to evacuate the location. Having a plan includes preparing a to-go bag filled with essential items (medication, food, water, etc.), knowing an evacuation route, and acting on a written emergency plan. Your emergency plan may include emergency contacts, routes to safety, and more.

Always Keep Your Cool

We know it’s easier said than done but try your best to remain calm in a time of crisis. How you react is key to how others involved react. Take control of your emotions and the situation by taking deep breaths, giving proper direction, and speaking gently yet firmly.

For further guidance on how you can best prepare for a medical emergency, please contact our friendly caregivers here at Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington. We are here to help you schedule your consultation and create a custom plan.

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