ARTICLES / General /
Caregiving in the Aftermath of a Storm /
By Janie Rosman
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