Elder Care Tips: Managing with the Aftermath of a Severe Storm

Elder Care in Malvern PA

Elder Care in Malvern PAWhen it comes to severe weather, it is important to prepare your parent for how to get ready for the storm and how to get through it in their home. Just as important in the context of your elder care efforts, however, is the importance of managing the aftermath of a severe storm. After a serious weather event happens, your parent will need to know how to act and what to do in order to continue to stay safe and healthy, and move forward with their lives.

While you cannot truly prepare for all of the impact on a severe storm, you can help your parent know some things that they should do when the storm ends. This will give them a foundation and help them to feel more confident and secure when a storm does occur, making the experience safer and less stressful for everyone involved.

Use these tips to help your parent manage the aftermath of a severe storm:

• Reach out for help. Whether there has been extensive storm damage to the home or not, after a severe weather event happens, your parent should reach out to others. If there has not been serious damage, they have their power back, and they feel prepared to simply go back to normal, they should call you as well as their elderly care provider to check in. If there was damage, they are without power, or they are injured, others will need to be notified. If they are injured, they should call for emergency medical attention and then call you to let you know what is happening. If there is damage, a power outage, or other concerns, it might provide them a sense of calm and comfort to call you and then let you make the other calls.

• Avoid post-storm dangers. Even after the storm itself has passed, there can be some serious dangers that are still around. Make sure that your parent knows never to enter any form of moving water, even if it looks shallow. This water can be much faster and much stronger than you expect, and can whisk your parent away in seconds. They should know not to touch any water even if it is not moving. This water could be electrified from downed power lines or contaminated from chemicals and other substances washed away by the rain. They should avoid plugging in electronics or appliances if there has been any damage to the home or there is standing water. If there has been any flooding in the home, they should know not to eat any food or take any medication that has been in the water, even if it is in an unopened, sealed container.

• Prepare to deal with insurance. If there has been damage, you will have to deal with your parent’s insurance. This can be a daunting and unpleasant task, but if you have the right approach and the information that you need, you can make it far simpler and more comfortable. The first thing you should do is gather all of the documentation that you have. Hopefully you have paperwork for expensive items such as electronics and appliances, but you should at least have a record of the make, model, and serial number. When you contact the company, remember to be patient. Everyone is calling right now and you may need to wait. Patience will keep you calmer and prevent you from forgetting or overlooking something in the process.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Malvern, PA, please contact the caring staff at Alpine Home Care. In PA call 888-743-0068 . In NJ call (855) 410-1404.

Tom Smith, President & CEO

Tom Smith, President & CEO

President and CEO at Alpine Home Care
Tom Smith is Alpine Home Care’s President and Chief Executive Officer with over 25 years of well-rounded strategic, operations and management experience at public and private healthcare companies in the following
areas – hospice and home health care, medical devices, medical equipment, infusion therapy and behavioral
health, in addition to positions at major health systems and large acute-care Integrated Delivery Networks
Tom Smith, President & CEO