When you have an aging loved one living alone, you want to make sure that they’re safe and well cared for. Unfortunately, when it comes to household accidents and medical emergencies, it’s usually not about if, but when. Do you have a plan in place for if your mother or father suddenly needs to go to the hospital? What if they experience a fall while you’re at work – what are you going to do?
At Palm Beach Home Care Assistance, safety is one of our highest priorities and we wanted to offer family caregivers a few valuable tips for creating an emergency care plan. By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to avoid the stress of scrambling at the last minute.
- Set up Power of Attorney and Medical Arrangements – In the height of a medical emergency, your parent may not be able to make informed decisions about their care. One family member should have a medical power of attorney to make these decisions. The adult children can arrive at the decision as a group, but having one set person to communicate with the medical staff can simplify the situation. Talk with your loved one openly ahead of time about his or her wishes and how they would want different situations addressed. Ideally, the person with the medical power of attorney should live nearby.
- Establish who to Contact First – In the case of an emergency, who should your parent call first? Discuss with your elderly loved one which situations warrant a call to you or a sibling, and which situations are better to dial 9-1-1 immediately. It’s also a great idea for seniors living alone to employ a monitoring service. With the press of a button, the monitoring agent can call for emergency services and reach out to the main contact person within the family.
- Find a Way to Share the Message – In this day and age of electronics, the phone tree of past years can be eliminated. If everyone in the family has texting plans, then the primary contact person can create a group contact list. When there’s an emergency, a quick text message can be sent to all family members so that everyone is informed. From here, you can coordinate who is able to provide the senior with immediate care and assistance.
- Consider Caregiver Services – Planning ahead and meeting with caregivers prior to an emergency can be extremely helpful if you have a busy schedule. This way, you can arrange for a professional Palm Beach caregiver to provide assistance bedside at the hospital or at the emergency room if something happens to your aging loved one. It’s always best to seek out these types of services before an emergency occurs rather than in the midst of one.
If you have an aging parent or loved one who has recently been hospitalized, home care is a great way to ensure their safety at home while helping them get back on their feet. Home Care Assistance offers flexible hourly care and live-in care in Palm Beach, great for ensuring a smooth transition from hospital to home. Call us today at 561-429-8292 for more information about our care services.