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Caregiving in the Aftermath of a Storm ó Preparation

By Janie Rosman

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Donít touch fallen or low-hanging wires. The person you care for may not want to alter his or her walking path or schedule; however, if a certain street is temporarily off-limits, heed the warning and use an alternative route.

If you lost power, check with a local food pantry to see if supplies are available. When power is restored, check refrigerated food for spoilage and if spoiled, discard those items. Medicine such as liquid antibiotics may lose its potency or go bad without refrigeration; tell the doctor or pharmacy if you need refills.

Caregiving is stressful and exhausting, and a natural crisis adds to the caregiverís stress. While most professional caregivers have faced some kind of dramatic event at some point during their career, itís always a good idea to have emotional support and to be prepared, both to lessen the caregiverís worry and that of the person in his or her care.

If relocation is necessary, this stressful time can be lightened by talking about fond memories or journaling those memories. Home caregivers and those in their care can look ahead to a new environment and perhaps find new routines to help acclimate.

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