Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
Valuable Tips from Our Independent Living Team in West Hartford
Emergencies can occur at any time; whether a natural disaster or a medical situation—being prepared is key. Seniors are especially vulnerable as they might not know what to do or need help to get them to safety. Irrespective of whether you are at home or in a senior living community, facing an emergency means being prepared.
Here are some valuable tips from the team at our independent living facility in West Hartford:
- Consider what the emergencies might be: Depending on your geography, you could be faced with naturally occurring events such as floods, high winds, heat waves, blizzards, tornadoes or even an earthquake. Preparation must account for the type of disaster you could encounter. An area prone to rain for instance, is likely to encounter floods, one with blizzards or tornadoes must prepare for power outages by having a generator.
- Prepare an emergency evacuation plan: It’s hard to think clearly when a situation occurs. That is why it is important to plan ahead. If you are living alone or even in an independent living facility, make sure you have family contact information as well as your health insurance and social security number handy. Keep it in an easily accessible place, like on your fridge or in a kitchen drawer. Your senior living residence will have an emergency strategy in place, but it is still important for you to easily access all the necessary information mentioned above and familiarize yourself with their plan.
- Assemble an emergency kit: Here is a list of supplies that will help you survive—water, non-perishable foods, medication, blankets, flashlights, extra batteries, backup cellphone battery or charger and anything else that you might need on a regular basis. Red Cross recommends gathering supplies that will last at least for 3 days.
It is important to evaluate your personal needs while formulating an emergency plan. Doing this in advance will help you be better prepared when a situation arises.
At The Holiday Retirement Community in West Hartford, our facilities are geared to keep residents comfortable, happy and safe. Well-trained staff is ready to deal with any situation that might arise. You will have peace of mind knowing that you or a loved one will be secure and well-cared for here.
Our residents enjoy comfortable independent living arrangements coupled with well-planned daily activities and dining to keep them happy and fulfilled. The camaraderie, care and facilities we provide make them feel like they are on a permanent vacation.
At the Holiday Retirement, we are always prepared to deal with natural disasters or a medical emergency. You will be happy to know that your parent or loved one will be safe with us.