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Caregiving in the Aftermath of a Storm /
By Janie Rosman
Ways to reduce excessive worry in the
aftermath of extreme weather or other natural
Decide how much information to give the
person in your care. Watching and listening to
the news in a separate room is helpful if
graphics or pictures would disturb the person.
Maintain your routine and that of the person
in your care as close as possible to regular
schedules and be ready to act if the situation
changes or becomes worse.
Avoid excessive alcohol and smoking; alcohol
can cloud or distort judgment.
Inform family members or trusted friends if
evacuation is necessary. If it is, leave early
to avoid traffic or before traffic becomes
Enlist help from family members when
Secure help from sources and non-profit
agencies that provide storm or natural disaster
The caregiver may not be able to get to work
after a storm or natural disaster, and those with
critical needs might need to be cared for in a
hospital until the caregiver can get back on
schedule. Keep handy a list of area hospitals, and
have an escape plan in case of last-minute
evacuation. Preparation and planning help ease the
stresses of unexpected emergencies.