MEDICAL ALERT DEVICE USERS SHOULD STILL PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES
As you age, you may find that you need more help on a daily basis or that you still worry about what may happen in the event of an emergency. Using a medical alert device is one of the easiest ways to prepare for emergencies. Having a medical alert device bring safety and peace of mind, but there are other ways to prepare for emergencies. You can make lists of important information and assess the safety of your home to prepare for emergencies. Getting to know your neighbors and asking for help when you need are other ways to prepare for emergencies.
MAKING LISTS TO PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES
It’s always a good idea to keep documents nearby detailing any of your medical conditions, allergies, the medicines you take regularly, and your emergency contacts. These lists can help paramedics or doctors give you the care you need in case of an emergency, and keeps your crucial information in one spot. Prepare a folder or other safe spot where you can keep your insurance information, medical alert device paperwork, and any information relating to your health care. You should also include health concerns on your list, because this could help you in a critical time of need.
If you have pets that require care while you’re in the hospital, include that information on your list. Have a list of relatives that should be notified in case of emergencies, as well as neighbors or friends that could help you if necessary.
ASSESSING THE SAFETY OF YOUR HOME TO PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES
Your home is where you spend most of your time, and if it’s not equipped for safety purposes, you could be in danger on a daily basis. Assess spots in your home where you could potentially get hurt. Install safety bars on your shower or bathtub, or stick anti-skid stickers on the bottom of the tub to avoid a slippery fall. Make sure stairs have hand rails, and that your rugs and carpets are installed on anti-skid padding to ensure you don’t trip on them. Having a medical alert device prepares you for emergencies, but preventing emergencies is even more important.
Make sure your home is arranged where you can move about freely without running into furniture. Your kitchen should allow you to reach pots, pans, and supplies without needing to reach too high or a stepladder. Equip yourself for safety every day and you’ll be prepared many emergencies.
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS CAN PREPARE YOU FOR EMERGENCIES
Living by yourself is great if you’re able to take care of yourself, but it is still important to prepare for emergencies. One way to prepare, besides always wearing your medical alert device, is to know your neighbors. Meet your neighbors and talk to them if you do not already know them. Having the availability to contact your neighbors in case of emergencies can protect you, especially if you live alone.
Having a support network means you’re never by yourself in an emergency, and including in a natural disaster such as an earthquake, tornado, or storm. Discuss joint disaster preparedness plans with your neighbors to better protect yourself against these threats.
ASKING FOR HELP CAN PREPARE YOU FOR EMERGENCIES
One of the hardest things to do when you live independently is to ask for help. Although asking for help may be difficult, it could save your life in emergencies. If you have trouble completing tasks like gardening or mowing the lawn, ask someone to help you do them. If you cannot drive, consider asking family, friends, or neighbors to help you. Even if you wear your medical alert device everyday, you can prepare yourself for emergencies by asking for help to prevent them.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Knowing how to prepare for emergencies is important for anyone, especially those who use or are considering using a medical alert device. Would you like more information about medical alert devices? Call the experts at Alcom/Lifeline at (806) 352-2233 or Contact Us by email with your questions and concerns. Sign Up / Get a Quote Now - You can also visit one of our Texas locations in Amarillo, Abilene, or Lubbock.
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