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Hurricanes, Live in Care, and Seniors

Live-In Care Eagleville PA

Live-In Home CareMost of the country isn’t going to have to worry about the direct impact a hurricane can have, but anyone who lives in the deep South, in Florida, or anywhere along the East Coast will have to deal with hurricanes from time to time. For seniors who rely on live in care, this very serious weather condition requires proper preparation and planning in the event of an emergency situation.

Advanced warnings.

Fortunately, today’s meteorological systems and models help to accurately predict not only the intensity of certain hurricanes as they form, but also where they are most likely to make landfall. These models can usually provide several days of warning before the storm system actually approaches to make landfall.

This provides people more than enough time to not only prepare their house but make evacuation plans for themselves. If the senior lives within the strike zone, or where the hurricane is expected to make landfall, they should seriously consider either seeking shelter within the community or somewhere else, either with family, getting a hotel room, etc.

They should not wait until the last minute to make these plans. An elderly individual may require extra time to not only pack, but to also get out of the house, into a car, and be led away. Take advantage of the advanced warning systems that are far more accurate today than they have ever been.

Have telephone numbers and emergency contact information written down.

By having emergency contact information and telephone number stored in a cell phone, for example, that can be problematic in the event the battery dies, it is lost, or something else happens to the phone. Have these emergency numbers written down on a piece of paper. It’s best to have them written down on several sheets of paper all stored in different, strategic places throughout the house. One strategic place could be on the refrigerator and another could be in a ‘go bag,’ which is an emergency bag that has clothing and other personal care items ready to go at a moment’s notice.

The senior should check his or her prescription medications beforehand.

Pay attention to the forecasts and if there is a probability that a hurricane may make landfall nearby, the live in caregiver should encourage the senior to either visit the pharmacist or call her doctor to make sure they have plenty of medication on hand in the event there is a powerful outage for a week or more or they have to seek shelter for an extended time.

By planning ahead with the live in caregiver, the senior should be able to weather any severe weather, including hurricanes, that may strike this year.

For more information about how Reliant at Home Care can help your aging parents remain in their own homes, call 610-674-6860.

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Cerie Goldenberg, MSW,LSW

Cerie Goldenberg- My name is Cerie Fish Goldenberg. I have dedicated all 40 years of my professional life practicing Social Work in Montgomery County, PA.I earned aMasters Degree of Social Work from the University of Toronto and I am a Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania.I was an active participant in the growth of Montgomery County Office on Aging and Adult Service developing needed services and resources for both younger and older adults.

After40 years of being a problem solver and advocate for those in need including my parents who lived into their 90’s and chose to remain in their home, I remain passionate about providing the highest level of service possible to those individuals for whom we are providing care.It is my vision that those of us who choose to remain in their home to be given the opportunity to do so in a safe and dignified manner. Hence the birth or Reliant at Home Care.

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