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A checklist for older adults

Elderly people are especially susceptible to the effects of extreme weather. Those who live alone or are without the support of family or friends must take special precautions.

People who are frail or disabled (either mentally or physically) may need special assistance from family members, friends or social service agencies.

Older adults who are also caregivers may require assistance. Excessive stress and anxiety can contribute to illness, particularly for people with heart disease and other illnesses.

If an older adult lives in a nursing home, assisted living facility or boarding home, family members should contact the administrator to learn about the disaster plan for that facility.

• Tell your health agency where you will be during a hurricane. Ask them about their plans to provide care.

• If you require a respirator or other electric-dependent medical equipment, you should make prior medical arrangements with your physician. You should also register with your local power company.

• If you require oxygen, check with your supplier about emergency plans.

• If you evacuate, take medications in their original containers, written instructions regarding your care and special equipment.

• A public shelter should be considered a last resort. You will be more comfortable at the home of a friend or relative.

• If you require hospitalization, you must make prior arrangements through your physician. Don't expect simply to show up and be accommodated.

• Shelters have no medications or drugs on hand. Bring what you need.

A checklist for older adults 05/15/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 1:58pm]
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