The start of 2020 has been a tough year for a lot of Australians, with the recent bushfires and flooding effecting so many people. In times like this we turn to our friends and family to help and support us. This year Australians have been able to count on their community as well. As a nation we have all come together and held out our hands to help. Making sure our elders are safe and protected during this time has also been a main priority for many people. These recent events have made us think about how we all need to be prepared for natural disasters when it comes to protecting older members of our community.
How can we help our elders be prepared for a natural disaster?
Sometimes in life the unexpected happens and we simply must adapt and move forward. But, it is always best to set up plans to make sure that when the unexpected happens we are prepared. Our top three tips are on how to be prepared for a natural disaster are:
1. Look after yourself and your loved ones
Make sure your loved one keeps eating and is staying hydrated. Be prepared for power outages by having bottled water and pantry staples on hand.
2. Have a back up plan
If your elderly loved one is living independently at home, have a back up plan. If the unexpected happens and you have to have them evacuated, look around for Emergency respite. The best way to prepare for Emergency respite is to make sure you have an up to date ACAT done. You can organise an Aged Care Assessment from My Aged Care here or call them on 1800 200 422. If you can have the phone numbers of their neighbours on hand also, just in case you can’t get to them.
3. Be prepared to leave
Always have a ‘go bag’ packed, with a change of clothes and essential medications, prescriptions and emergency aids. You never know when you may just have to “up and go” so it is better to be prepared. This is especially true if your loved one can get a little forgetful.
How have aged care providers been helping?
Many aged care homes have been raising funds for the recent bushfires, coming together in this time of need. Opal Aged Care was one of the many aged care providers that joined in on the action.
The team at Opal said, “What a heart felt day in our home as residents and team members got together for a fundraising day to support the bush fire victims. Team members wore colourful clothing to work, to raise awareness for the Australian Red Cross Bushfire Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal.”