At Home Care Assistance of Oklahoma, we believe it is always worth it to be prepared for a medical emergency. Whether you are a senior or are a caregiver responsible for a senior, being prepared can save a life. Seniors become increasingly at risk of having an accident as they grow older, meaning being prepared and active about prevention is invaluable. Read on below and learn how you can become prepared for an emergency situation.
Preparation and Prevention
How you prepare for and prevent an accident is just as important as how you handle an accident. Preparing for an emergency situation means that you will be ready to act once an accident occurs. Focusing on prevention will help you be more strategic about how you perform day-to-day tasks with your senior.
Learn Different Ways to Save a Life
When you are a caregiver for a senior, you need to know how to perform (and regularly practice) various lifesaving techniques during an emergency situation. These include but are not limited to the Heimlich maneuver, CPR, chest compressions, and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Make a Plan to Act On
Part of being prepared means you have a plan to act on at any time for any kind of emergency. In the event of a natural disaster, or if evacuation becomes necessary, have a plan that includes a prepared to-go bag filled with essential items like food, water, and medication. Know alternative evacuation routes, emergency contacts, and have a plan that is written down and accessible.
Always Keep Your Cool
We understand it’s not always easy to keep your composure in the heat of an emergency situation, but you’ll need to try your best. Take control of your emotions and keep your cool. Take deep breaths, give direction when it’s needed, and speak firmly yet gently.
Are you looking for more assistance on how you can best prepare for a medical emergency? Please contact our friendly caregivers here at Home Care Assistance of Oklahoma. We are ready to help you schedule your consultation and create a personalized plan.