Whether you are a senior or a caregiver taking care of a senior, it is essential to always be prepared for a medical emergency. Since seniors become further at risk of an accident as they age it is important to be proactive when it comes to planning. You could save a senior’s life by having a plan ready during an emergency. Read on below for advice on how to prepare for a medical emergency.
Preparation and Prevention
Preparation and preventative measure are both incredibly important when it comes to emergencies, as is how you react to and handle the situation. When you focus on prevention and preparation, you are deliberately being strategic about how you go about your daily routine with a senior, and you are ready to act if an accident should occur.
Learn Different Ways to Save a Life
Within your duties as a caregiver, you should absolutely know several methods that can save a senior’s life during times of crisis. These include the Heimlich maneuver, CPR, and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and the like. Continue to practice these techniques regularly so you are always ready.
Make a Plan to Act On
We believe it is best to be prepared at any given time for an accident of any kind, including natural disasters and situations where you may need to evacuate. In these scenarios, you will want to have a plan ready to act on. Prepare a to-go bag filled with essential items, like food, water, and medication. Know an evacuation route and have a written plan that includes emergency contacts and routes to safety.
Always Keep Your Cool
While it is easier said than done, do your best to keep your cool and remain calm during an emergency. Your reaction is imperative to how others react. Controlling your emotions will help you better control the situation. Take deep breaths and give firm directions when they are needed.
Please reach out to our friendly caregivers here at Home Care Assistance of Nashville for further guidance on how to prepare for a medical emergency with a senior. Our experts are ready to help you build your custom plan or schedule your consultation!