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Seniors and Caregivers: How to Prepare for a Medical Emergency

By Debbie Nunn, 2:24 pm on

We believe it is always important to be prepared for a medical emergency here at Home Care Assistance of Clarksville. Regardless of if you are a senior yourself, or if you are caring for a senior, having a plan ready during a time of crisis can be lifesaving. Since seniors are at great risk of an accident as they age, planning and prevention are critical. Keep reading below to learn how you can be better prepared.

Preparation and Prevention

The preparation and preventative measures you put in place and practice every day are equally as important as how you react to an emergency situation. By focusing on prevention, you are being methodical about your day-to-day tasks with your senior. When it comes to preparation, you will be ready to act if an accident were to occur.

Learn Different Ways to Save a Life

Part of being a caregiver for a senior is knowing various techniques that can save their life. The following techniques are crucial to know in an emergency: the Heimlich maneuver, CPR, chest compressions, and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. You should practice these regularly, so you always feel confident in your abilities.

Make a Plan to Act On

You should always be prepared for an accident to occur at any time – and of any kind. Even natural disasters or scenarios wherein you may need to evacuate. Develop a plan that includes a to-go bag filled with essential items (medication, food, water, etc.), identifying an evacuation route, and carrying out a written emergency plan. Your emergency plan should include a list of emergency contacts, routes to safety, and more.

Always Keep Your Cool

Try your best to remain calm during an emergency. We know it is easier said than done, but how you react is key to how others involved will react. Start by taking control of your emotions. Take deep breaths, give needed direction, and speak gently yet firmly.

For further guidance on how you can best prepare for a medical emergency, please contact our friendly caregivers here at Home Care Assistance of Clarksville. We are here to help you schedule your consultation and create a custom plan.

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