Emergencies are a normal part of living and can happen at any moment. As a family caregiver, creating an emergency care plan can help prevent you from being unprepared and ensure your loved one’s health should an emergency occur.
An emergency care plan is vital, especially when you are caring for another person; however, you may not know where to start or what you need. CaraVita Home Care has over 175 years of combined experience in senior care. We want to provide you and your family with tips on how to create an emergency care plan to ensure safety and health.
1. Organize Paperwork & Important Information
The first step to crafting an emergency care plan is making sure any paperwork or legal documentation is easily accessible. We recommend creating a binder or folder for documents like power of attorney, living will, and last will and testament.
You should also include your loved one’s medications, schedule, diet, insurance cards, birth certificate, and their primary healthcare providers’ contact information. The binder should contain detailed information regarding when he or she takes each medication, where they get their prescriptions filled, diet restrictions or likes/dislikes, and routine schedule. Creating this binder or folder will help organize the care process, and in case of an emergency, allow another caregiver to pick up where you left off.
2. Always Be Prepared
Emergencies can happen at any moment, during any time of the day. You should always be prepared and ensure your loved one is as well. Consider creating a “to-go” or overnight bag for your parent or loved one with at least 72 hours worth of supplies and clothing. Depending on the nature of the emergency, your loved one may need to stay in a different home or location. Your “to-go” bag should contain toiletries, clothing, and copies of the information referenced above (insurance cards, medication info, etc.)
This may seem like an extreme step is an emergency care plan, but any type of emergency - fire, flood, accident - can displace your loved one, and having essential items ready to go can alleviate some of the stress these situations can cause.
3. Create an Emergency Contact List
If an emergency were to happen, who needs to be contacted? We recommend creating an emergency contact list of other family members and friends who are close in proximity to your loved one and can be available if needed. Beyond family and friends, your emergency contact list should also include:
- Fire Department
- Police Department
- Poison Control
- Animal Control
- Home Alarm Company (if applicable)
A well thought out contact list is an integral part of an emergency care plan and should be easily accessible in multiple rooms of the house. A contact list can not only help your loved one should they find themselves in an emergency situation when you are unavailable, but having these contacts readily available can help family caregivers save time during an emergency.
4. Consider Additional Care Options Before You Need Them
A strong emergency care plan should cover every avenue and possibility. With that being said, it’s important to look into outside senior care communities or care options available near your loved one.
Senior care providers, such as CaraVita Home Care, offer respite care services. Respite care provides short-term care in-home or at a senior living community. Looking into these types of services before they are needed will ensure you are comfortable with the community or provider and trust them to take care of your loved one during an emergency.
At CaraVita Home Care, our professional caregivers can assist your loved one with a variety of daily tasks. Our respite care services are offered throughout Roswell, Georgia, and the metro-Atlanta area, and can provide the necessary level of care in the comfort of your loved one’s home. Whether you need us for a few days or a few weeks, our teams will be there to assist you and your family.
An emergency care plan is essential to ensuring health, safety, and peace of mind should an emergency occur. If you would like to learn more about CaraVita Home Care’s in-home services, we encourage you to contact our experts. Let the CaraVita family care for you!