Summer storms can present problems for anyone, but for seniors and those homebound it can be very frightening. A summer storm can quickly change conditions around us.
Keep In Contact
Family members don’t always live close enough to check on loved ones during bad weather; sometimes roads may be closed due to heavy damage in the area. Have a person in place that can check on those who are fragile and unable to fend alone during extreme storm situations.
- Neighbors – someone nearby that can physically check on your loved one
- Professional Caregivers – having a professional who regularly visits ensures that someone will be there for them. In some situations you may want to ask for additional visits during extreme weather conditions.
- Phone Contact – when you aren’t close enough to check on your loved one, a phone call can help them to understand that you will check on them regularly.
It’s important to have both visual and phone contact during extreme weather conditions. Summer heat can quickly turn a situation to trouble, especially if windows are kept closed and air conditioning isn’t working.
Prepare Ahead for Summer Storms
There are certain things that should be taken into account when preparing for summer storms and power outages. Here are some ways to be certain that your loved ones, seniors, and/or those facing medical issues are ready at the helm for any storm or power outage.
- Medications – Have at least a week’s worth of medication, along with a list of all medicine you take stored in a zippered freezer bag in case you have to evacuate.
- Power Dependent Medical Equipment – Contact your local utility company to let them know that you have a medical need for power; life supporting or medically necessary equipment.
- Drinking Water – It’s important to have bottled water easily accessible in case of an emergency. One gallon of water per person per day is the standard.
- Cell Phone – Many seniors qualify for a free cell phone with a federal program called LifeLine. This program is an excellent way to ensure that your loved one always has a phone available to them.
- Beware of Temperature – during summer storms, temperatures can quickly change. Many times those with central air conditioning don’t recognize how quickly the inside temperature rises during a power outage; increasing the risk of dehydration or heat stroke.
Seniors, those who are homebound for various reasons, and those with dementia have extra needs to take into consideration during excessive heat, summer storms, and extreme weather. An electric camping lantern can help light the way during the night, to reduce the risk of falls; but most importantly planning ahead for extreme weather conditions such as a harsh summer storm is the best way to stay safe.
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