Aging at Home: First Aid Tips to Keep Your Loved One Safe

 

My mom fell all of the time.  

 

Sometimes it was more than my dad could handle and he had to call for emergency services. But most of the time, he could use the first aid kit that we created to doctor her right up. Here are some tips to keep your loved-one safe if he or she gets a minor injury at home.  

 

Stock your first aid kit with the essentials.

 

It was important that we kept it stocked with plenty of gauze and items that we knew he might need to treat her after a fall. We did a search on the Internet and talked to her physician to get a list of items for their kit. Their kit consisted of:

  • Gloves

  • A thermometer

  • Antiseptic ointment and wipes

  • A cold pack

  • Band-aids (assorted sizes)

  • Thermal patches

  • Gauze (lots of it)

  • Rolls & pads

  • Tape and Ace elastic wrap

  • Hand sanitizer or soap, tweezers

  • Scissors,

  • Safety pins and needle

  • Antibiotic ointment

  • Sterile eyewash, such as a saline solution

  • Aspirin

  • Cotton balls and swabs

  • Plastic bag for disposable

  • Breathing barrier

  • Blood pressure monitor

  • Blood sugar meter

  • A first aid guide for reference.  

It was a lot, but well worth the effort.

 

Keep a medical journal.

 

We also created a medical journal that listed all of the medications with doses and times that they both were taken, their physicians with addresses and phone numbers, and their insurance information.

 

This was very handy for the ones I cared for and they added or removed medications as necessary. This really helped me as well to know what they were taking and to look at any contraindicated medications.  

 

I’m not a nurse or doctor, but I have been a healthcare administrator for twenty years and I would talk to nurses or doctors to help me decipher some of their medications. In their medical journal, we included the contact information for the pharmacy and poison control.  

 

Preparedness helps.

 

My parents did not work in healthcare, nor had they ever performed any medical procedures.  We were, however, able to equip them with the basic tools to help them in an emergency situation until help could arrive.  

 

My parents lived in a small town, so I knew in the event of an emergency, services would arrive rather quickly. I wasn’t worried about my parents not receiving care if it was needed.  I just wanted to provide them with a little more security, and the emergency responders with some tools as well. The medical journal was a hit with the emergency responders. My dad would get flustered and couldn’t remember information, so he would just hand them the journal.  

 

Giving our loved ones with Alzheimer’s the tools they need to stay safe is a win. We have to be creative and help our loved ones on this journey. They helped us, and now it is our turn to return the favor.

The best thing we can do for our loved ones is to keep them safe. For more safety tips like these, subscribe to our e-newsletter below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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