Natural disasters can affect any state in the country, but many families are unprepared to deal with things like evacuation, sheltering in place, and handling the aftermath. If your family has a loved one in memory care, it is even more critical to have a disaster plan in place. First, know the types of disasters that could affect your area. Families in Dallas may encounter heat waves, flash floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and even the occasional earthquake. You can use this information to find solutions that will keep your loved one safe.
Contact the assisted living location.
If your loved one is receiving continuous care at an assisted living location, get in touch with the administrative staff to inquire about how natural disasters are handled. Find out what you need to do if an evacuation order is issued for your loved one’s area. Will the residents be relocated as a group, or will your family take the resident to a safer location?
Identify evacuation destinations.
If you will be evacuating your loved one, you will need to handle the agitation and confusion that may accompany sudden changes in routine and surroundings. It is preferable to evacuate to a family member’s or friend’s home in a safer zone, since evacuation shelters are not ideal environments for individuals with Alzheimer’s. Alternatively, your region may have special needs shelters available. Contact the appropriate municipal agency to find out where these shelters are, and to register in advance, if need be.
Assemble the emergency supplies your loved one needs.
Every family should have basic emergency supplies available, including potable water, non-perishable food, flashlights, extra batteries, and a battery-operated radio. When a loved one needs continuous care because of Alzheimer’s disease, extra emergency supplies are needed. These may include:
- Legal papers
- Medical records
- Insurance information
- Contact information for physicians
- Extra medication
- Medical identification items
- Incontinence products
- Durable medical equipment
Additionally, you should have a recent photo of your loved one, just in case he or she gets lost.
At Avalon Memory Care, nothing is more important to us than the safety, health, and quality of life of our residents. The staff at our assisted living locations in Dallas, Houston, and Arlington would be happy to discuss disaster preparedness with the families we serve. You can get in touch at (214) 752-7050.