Elderly Emergency Kit
it is true that most of the elements of any emergency kit can be used by the
elderly, there are special considerations that must be taken into
account. In this case, we are not talking about the vital ‘young elderly’
– those people in their sixties and early seventies who are in good condition
and will be able to deal with an emergency situation like anyone else.
The frail elderly, those who are very old or who suffer from a medical
condition will need more assistance and care during an emergency.
Suffering From Disease
Many elderly people have some kind of physical condition that will require them
to use medication. Some of these conditions can be quite serious, such as
diabetes or heart conditions. The elderly emergency kit should include at
least an extra week’s worth of prescription medications, and a copy of the
prescriptions, too. A list of the doctors the person is seeing is also
important to keep in this emergency kit.
Some diseases call for a specialized diet to be followed. If this is the
case with the elderly person under your care, be sure to have at least 7 days
of this diet on hand. This should consist of non-perishable items that
can be stored for several months at a time, and these can be rotated and used
as their expiration date draws near.
Heat And Cold
Elderly people are much more susceptible to the effects of both heat and
cold. If there is an emergency during the summer, such as an abnormal
heat wave, older persons will have to be kept cooler so that they do not suffer
from heat stroke. Having some instant cold packs on hand will also help
to cool someone down quickly when applied to the neck or forehead.
Because of disease, or simply because of advanced age, impaired circulation may
make it difficult for the elderly to keep warm enough during a winter
emergency. The loss of electric power can easily create a crisis
situation for older people. A wood stove or kerosene heater can help to
maintain proper body temperature in these people. Likewise, proper
clothing that will retain heat is important, too.
The Handicapped Elderly
Older persons who are also handicapped can find themselves in a serious
situation fairly quickly. The bedridden and those using walkers or
wheelchairs will need more help, and should have either family or caregivers
accessible during an emergency. Having a kit with all the emergency supplies the handicapped person might need packed and ready, can really help
during an evacuation, too. Those elderly who depend upon oxygen should
have an extra tank or two in the house so there will be no interruption during
There are also personal alarms that elderly people can wear that will alert
family or emergency services in case of accident or illness. These alarms
would be especially useful for the handicapped, and providing the person with a
cell phone might also be a good idea.