Power outages can be uncomfortable, inconvenient, and even dangerous for your elderly loved one. To address this, you take steps to prepare them for the possibility of an outage and to help them get through such a situation in the most effective way possible. As a family caregiver, however, it is critical that you understand that the danger associated with this type of situation does not end when the lights pop back on. Knowing what to do after a power outage can make a tremendous difference in your parent’s health, safety, and comfort moving forward.
Some things that you should do after a power outage include:
• Discard of any refrigerated or frozen food that has been above 40 degrees for more than 2 hours. Keep in mind that an unopened refrigerator can generally keep food cold and safe for around 4 hours, and a full freezer can keep food at a healthy temperature for 48 hours
• Discard of any food that does not look or smell right, no matter how long it has been warmed
• Contact your elderly loved one’s doctors to discuss any refrigerated medications that you are concerned might have gotten too warm or have been otherwise compromised so that you can arrange for replacement. Do not dispose of these medications until the doctor tells you that you can, and follow their instructions for proper disposal
• Check your parent’s emergency supply kit to check what they used during the power outage and replace these supplies. If they opened any consumable supply, no matter how much they used of it
• Go over the experience with your parent and let them express to you what their challenges were and what they would want to change if they could. Use this information to help you make meaningful changes to your care routine, your parent’s emergency supplies, or their home to ensure that the next time there is a power outage, your loved one will be able to get through it even better.
Starting home care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them throughout the course of your caregiver journey with them. Whether you live at a distance from your parent or have a busy schedule and are unable to be with your senior as often as you would like to be, or you are able to be with them frequently but have a few limitations, this in-home senior care services provider can work with you to create a customized schedule that is right for your loved one’s needs. This includes creating a highly personalized set of services designed to address your parent’s individual needs, challenges, and limitations, as well as to support as much activity, engagement, and independence as possible as they age in place. Through services such as safe and reliable transportation, companionship, and physical assistance, this care provider can help your loved one to achieve and maintain a more fulfilling quality of life throughout this new chapter.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering homecare in Marlton, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.
Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.