As a family caregiver to an older adult, it’s important that you be prepared for an emergency—even a minor one. If your elderly parent does not currently have a first aid kit in their home, it’s a good idea to prepare one and have it on hand. Having a first aid kit will allow you to quickly deal with minor cuts, burns, and other problems. Caregivers can purchase an already assembled kit, but it’s easy to put your own together, which also allows you to customize what is in it.
Items to Put in the Kit
When creating a first aid kit for your elderly parent, it’s important to place a couple of personalized items in it. Make sure you put an extra supply of their medications in the kit. This is especially important if you plan to take the kit with you on outings. Having medicines along can prevent a missed dose if the day goes on longer than planned. Also, keep a list of emergency phone numbers in the kit. This can allow you to quickly contact the help you need without fumbling for a phone book or looking them up online.
In addition to personalized items, the American Red Cross recommends that first aid kits contain the following items:
- 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches).
- 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes).
- 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch).
- 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram).
- 5 antiseptic wipe packets.
- 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each).
- 1 emergency blanket.
- 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve).
- 1 instant cold compress.
- 2 pair of non-latex gloves (large).
- 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each.
- 1.3 in. gauze roll (roller) bandage.
- 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide).
- 5 3 in. x 3 in. sterile gauze pads.
- 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches).
- Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass).
- 2 triangular bandages.
- Emergency first aid guide.
Where to Keep the Kit
Place the first aid kit in a central location within the house where it is easy to find. In fact, it’s a good idea to keep it in plain sight rather than stashing it in a closet or cupboard. That way, any caregiver in the home can find it when needed. You may also wish to create another kit to keep in the car to eliminate the chances of forgetting it when you go out.
One last note, some items in a first aid kit have expiration dates. Be sure to occasionally look through the kit and replace items that have expired.
If you or a loved one are in need of Caregiver Services in Macungie PA or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.
Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc.
Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author
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