How to Help Older Neighbors During Hurricane Season
Now that hurricane season has officially started, it's time to prioritize safety plans especially for older adults.
Now that hurricane season has officially started, it’s time to prioritize safety plans especially for older adults. Some may not have the ability or support to prepare appropriately. The senior care group Home Instead compiled tips to help older adults and families stay safe.
Whether they evacuate or stay put, hurricanes can pose significant challenges for older adults, especially those living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. They may have limited mobility, rely on specific medications or face difficulties evacuating quickly due to various circumstances. That’s why Home Instead has compiled essential tips to help older adults and their families stay safe and prepared during hurricane events:
- Create a plan together. Develop a plan of action and discuss shelter and evacuation options with trustworthy individuals in your area, such as neighbors, caregivers and friends.
- Stay on alert. Once a storm is identified, be sure to monitor local radio and television stations, or an emergency management office to remain updated on any new weather patterns.
- Give yourself time. Get to your shelter or evacuation site early enough so you can be settled into your new environment before the Hurricane hits.
- Assemble a kit. Have at least three days’ worth of non-perishable food, water and supplies such as a battery powered radio, flashlight, portable cell phone battery pack and medications and instructions.
- Create a chain of contacts. Compile a list and have multiple copies of important contacts, including your support network, doctors, and other healthcare professionals along with a communication plan.
- Create a home inventory. Keep a detailed list of your belongings, including receipts and visual evidence, to expedite claims, support tax deductions, or aid applications for disaster assistance.
- Ask for help. If your older loved one is far away, reach out to family, friends, or professional caregiving services for assistance and create a plan on how to keep in frequent communication during a storm.