Changing Weather and Senior Safety

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Posted: 3/1/2016 8:25 AM by Interim HealthCare
Summer is coming to a close and it is time to start thinking about the weather changes that we should expect in the coming months. After all it is important to be prepared. A senior who is living at home alone may be concerned about his or her own safety family members and friends should check in on them on a regular basis. This can be done with a simple phone call or stopping by for a few minutes. It is also good to have a plan in place in case a storm heads your way.
 
So what about these weather changes?
 
As we move from August into September and October, the hurricane season will kick into full gear. This is when the vast majority of hurricanes begin forming in the Atlantic and the Caribbean. Some of them can be intense and affect millions upon millions of people from Texas all the way to Maine.

It’s also a time when high heat and humidity can stir up some intense thunderstorms with high winds, hail, dangerous lightning, and more. It’s a good idea to begin establishing an emergency safety plan for any family caregivers, professional caregivers, and the senior so more than just a couple of people know what to expect in a potential emergency situation.

In the event of potential flooding or an evacuation, it should be made clear where the senior will go. Most communities open up shelters when they’re urging evacuation. Even during major weather events, such as tornado warnings, power outages, and more, shelters open up to provide the elderly and people with small children a place to stay if they have lost power.

Find out where the shelters are, gather important contact information including phone numbers and email addresses of anybody who may be in charge of the shelters, and sit down and explain how important it is for the senior to follow evacuation orders, remaining doors when strong storms are blowing in, and stay in constant contact with family members, friends, and any caregivers they happen to rely upon. This will help to improve safety for the senior living at home alone as the weather changes and becomes a bit more volatile. These plans can also be adapted for the upcoming winter.

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