The sirens go off. You round up the kids and hustle them to the basement, along with flashlights, snacks and anything else you may need to ride out the impending storm. Everyone is down there except for grandma—who sits in her lift chair and insists that it’s nothing.
The truth is, when it comes to bad storms, older Americans are the ones who are most likely to be harmed. There are a variety of reasons why, but attitude is one reason. They’ve seen a lot of storms in their lifetime that ended up being nothing.
Another is a lack of mobility within the home. Some elderly people are unable to get to the basement fast enough, or they have trouble navigating the stairs. Since this month marks National Safety Month, we’re going to cover some of the things you can do to keep yourself and your relatives safe during summer storm season:
- Make sure the safe space is easily accessible
This means making sure the entrance to the basement or bathroom is clear of all toys, magazines, and anything else that may be a tripping hazard. If you have a parent or grandparent who is aging in-home, make sure they have accessibility products installed that can help them get around easily. This includes items such as stair lifts, bath safety grab bars, walkers, rollators and chair lifts.
- Pack a Bug-Out Bag
This is a bag with all the essentials in case you have to take shelter for a while. Items within it can include extra medication, bottles of water, a flashlight, a portable battery charger for your cell phone, weather radio, a change of clothes and blankets.
- Communicate with others
Be sure to tell your family and loved ones where you hide during stormy weather. If the worst happens, emergency workers will have an easier time finding you. When the storm is over, make sure you call or visit your elderly relatives to make sure they got through it okay.
Williams Brothers Health Care Pharmacy cares very deeply about the health and safety of our customers. Remember, if there is anything you need to help mom, dad, grandma or grandpa navigate the home more easily, we have a wide variety of mobility equipment in our online catalog.