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Eldercare: Hurricane Season

I just thought to share in this post that with the ongoing hurricane season and brewing hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, there are family members out there that are worried sick about their love ones. There are ways to prepare for this. Take a look at the items listed below to help you pack accordingly.

To those that are worried about family members in the Nursing Homes, Hospitals, and Rehabs… Rest assured that many of those places are also used as shelters because of safety guidelines they have had to upheld. They also have more resources to help those in need. A lot of staff will be required to stay and work until the storm has cleared. Rest assured that if things get out of hand, emergency personnel will rescue those in need through triage. If you take care of a love one at home call a nursing home in your area that may accept Respite Patients. They will keep your family member and care for them for a few days at a time and bill the insurance company. It will give you peace of mind. If you are not sure that this is the right choice for you, send me in email and I will be able to help you find resources in your area or connect you to a Case Manager that can help.

My advice is to take care of those at your home first, be sure to find a safe shelter before the storm if your home may be in danger. Allow trained medical staff to care for your loved one to the best of their abilities.

Here’s a list of things you need to have on hand to prepare for the hurricane season:

Remember to print hard copy of any documents you need – instructions, tips or anything in case you have no power.


  • Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 7 to 10 days. Don’t forget some for your pets.
  • Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days
    — non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
    — foods for infants or the elderly
    — snack foods (Peanut butter; mixed PBJ; breakfast bars; crackers; canned fruit; raisins; chips;
    — non-electric can opener
    — cooking tools / fuel
    — paper plates / plastic utensils / paper cups — trash bags and duct tape – useful for clean-up, or patching leaks in an emergency
  • Blankets / Pillows, etc.
  • Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
  • First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
  • Special Items – for babies and the elderly (Briefs, diapers, Wipes)
  • Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
  • Bug spray, Cortisone for bug bites
  • Sunscreen & Lotion
  • Tarp to cover holes if needed.
  • Bleach
  • Water purification tablets
  • Waterless soap saves water for drinking
  • Flashlight / Batteries
  • Radio – Battery operated
  • Battery operated television, with extra batteries.
  • Extra battery adapter for your phone
  • Cash – Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods. Make sure you have small bills because it will often be difficult to get change, I you only have a $100 and water is $10 for a case and you are limited to one case, you do not want to have the choice of paying $100 or having no water.
  • Keys to house, cars, boats etc
  • Toys, Books and Games
  • Important documents – in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
    — insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc. Don’t forget your re-entry documents (e.g. stickers or passes). Many barrier islands require some documentation in order to return. Keep important phone number here. You may know them, but a loved one may not.
  • Tools – keep a set with you during the storm. A pocket knife, nails, a hammer and rope are important elements. Towels and buckets are useful too if you develop a leak.
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled
  • Pet care items
    — proper identification / immunization records / medications
    — ample supply of food and water
    — a carrier or cage
    — muzzle and leash


If you think of anything else to add to the list, please add it in the comment box. Do Share this with your friends and family to create awareness. You could save a life!



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