Home Health & Hospice

Q: My staff members would like to remind patients and caregivers of the benefit of having an emergency kit in their home. What are some of the key items that we can suggest to include in these kits?

Homecare Insider, August 26, 2013

 

Q: My staff members would like to remind patients and caregivers of the benefit of having an emergency kit in their home. What are some of the key items that we can suggest to include in these kits?

A: It is vital to the health, safety and well being of older adults and caregivers to have access to essential items and supplies during an emergency. These supplies should include:

  • Several clean containers for water, large enough for a 3-5 day supply of water (about five gallons for each person).
  • A 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food.
  • A first aid kit and manual.
  • A battery-powered radio, flashlights, and extra batteries.
  • Sleeping bags or extra blankets.
  • Water-purifying supplies, such as chlorine or iodine tablets or unscented, ordinary household chlorine bleach.
  • Prescription medicines and special medical needs.
  • Disposable cleaning cloths, such as "baby wipes" for the whole family to use in case bathing facilities are not available.
  • Personal hygiene supplies, such as soap, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, etc.
  • Caregivers may also consider an emergency kit for the car, which may include food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc.