How to Deal with Emergency Situations with Elderly People

If you are taking care of elderly people at home or if you are the family member of someone who is elderly and needs assistance, then it’s crucial that you take the time to understand how to deal with emergencies. When you are working with a senior, pretty much anything can happen. They may suddenly find themselves with an illness or they may slip and fall and require a ride to the emergency room. No matter what kind of emergency your senior is facing, you should be prepared to deal with it in the right way.

Because when you are caring for a senior, you are the one who is responsible for what happens to them during an emergency. For example, if your senior falls out of the bathtub and breaks their hip on the floor, they won’t be able to get to a phone to call for help. The best thing that could happen for them is that you are prepared for emergencies like this and any other that can happen. So be sure to keep reading down below to learn more about how you can properly deal with an emergency situation with elderly people.

1. Be as Prepared as You Can

When you’re thinking of emergency situations, your first reaction is almost always to panic because you’re not prepared for this. That’s why the best thing you can do to stop this from happening is to prepare yourself as much as you can for this. You should always have a couple of copies laying around of important information about your senior. These include facts like their social security number, medical conditions, doctor visits, and medical tests that have been run. Having this information handy is going to be super useful whenever they have to be rushed to a hospital that doesn’t have records about their prior medical conditions.

You can either write this information down on a piece of paper or keep it stored as Notes on your phone. A lot of people will choose to do both – that way, you will always have that information with you in the heat of the moment.

2. Stay in Touch

The next thing that you need to know is come up with a list of phone numbers and contacts who should be notified if anything should happen to your senior. This list should include anybody who is caring or who has cared for your senior in the past. For example, you could include other family members, doctors they have been seeing, or their caregivers. Again, this kind of information can be held either physically or digitally, but ideally both. You can keep these numbers as a list in your phone, but also can keep a physical copy in your house, in your senior’s house, and in your car.

3. Contact the Local EMS

One of the next things that you should that many people don’t think about is letting your local EMS know your senior’s address and have the situation on-file. This can help the EMS staff members send an ambulance and team to your location faster when you call. This is something that’s super easy to do that can be a life-saver should your senior need an ambulance right away to identify and deal with an acute stroke.

4. Learn First Aid

If you are the primary caregiver of your senior, then you should be skilled in first aid and CPR. If you’re not, then you are putting your senior’s life in danger. Make sure to check around and see what classes are being taught around town on first aid and CPR. Alternatively, you can also check out some certifications online and see if you can get certified that way if there are no physical classes happening.

You should make sure that you have a first-aid kit on hand so that you can properly deal with small and minor cuts and scratches that may happen during a fall. The best thing you can do is keep this first aid kit handy in a spot where you can reach should you need it. This is going to prevent you from having to search through the medicine cabinets when your senior has a scratch that needs bandaging up.

5. Pack Your Bags

Another great idea that you can use to ensure that your senior is prepared for any eventuality is to have a couple one-night or two-night bags packed just in case your senior has to stay overnight in the hospital. These supplies can include everything from medications to nightgowns to books that they can read when they’re bored. Think about what your senior likes to have in their daily routine and make sure to add those into the bags too!

And while you’re doing that, you can go ahead and make yourself some over-night bags, as well. These will include everything that you need to stay with your senior at the hospital over-night. Make sure to keep these bags stored away safely and that you can remember where they are whenever you might need them in an emergency situation.

6. Remember Your Own Health, Too

The last tip that we have for you when taking care of a senior is that you’ve got to take care of your own health, as well. Now, when you are caring for an elderly person, you might not think about yourself as much. You might think that they are all that matters and that you should be putting everything you have into taking care of them. However, this is the wrong mindset to have. How can you expect to take care of your senior when you’re not healthy and strong yourself?

Taking care of a senior can be physically and mentally exhausting. That’s why you have got to take the proper steps to take care of your physical and mental health while you take care of your senior. Take some time off and relax when you need to. Make sure that you’re eating properly. Get enough exercise. When you do these things, you are going to be much more prepared to take care of your senior than otherwise.

When dealing with emergency situations with elderly people, you have got to be prepared for the worst and hoping for the best. They can happen at any time, so it’s best that you know what to do in this kind of situation.


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