Are you one of the 1 in 8 Americans between ages 40 and 60 who is both raising children and caring for aging parents?
Helping aging parents prepare for emergencies and disaster is probably just as difficult as helping your teen learn to drive. Neither is easy- both are over-confident and want to take short cuts.
Just as you have to learn about how to handle different road conditions, different driving situations – so we must help Grandma prepare for different types of emergencies and disaster. This is a monumental task if Grandma lives many miles away.
It is difficult to get excited about disaster and emergency planning…especially when there are so many different kinds of unpredictable situations. Last week, we talked about what you would do if you heard there was a raging wildfire headed your way and you had to leave your home in 4 hours.
What do you take with you in case of emergency? Is there a game plan in place for your family home and what about your aging loved one’s home?
What kind of “stuff” will you need before an emergency and what will you need after to reconstruct your life and your home?
Is there a common denominator with wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, snow storms and ice storms? Yes, the common denominator is your important paper documentation. There will be a check-list for you to share with your loved one as well as for your own family home. Having your important papers together is just as important as having enough auto insurance to cover your teen driver.
So get started today > Print off the attached paper inventory forms (pdf) and get one to every aging loved one you know ….it may save them timeless amounts of grief and suffering after an emergency – many times assistance is denied if you don’t have the necessary paper work……..
If you don’t have a mental or fireproof file folder box….get one ASAP! Starting at around $10 at most from retailers or discount places like Walmart or Big Lots. This is serious!
Disaster Planning 101- Check list for inventory of essential papers.(Click here for PDF)
Next week will be devoted to Communications
Setting up Your family communications network.
If you have a question, email us your question at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.
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