Earthquakes can be dangerous and frightening situations. In addition to the potential for structural damage and falling debris, the shaking of an earthquake can lead to serious falls and injuries. Knowing how to handle such an emergency can help your elderly loved one avoid the potential for severe injuries. While your parent likely knows how to respond to an earthquake if they are inside the home, including getting under a secure piece of furniture and protecting their head and torso, it may not be as easy to know what to do if your loved one is outdoors when this time of disaster occurs.
Use these tips to help your elderly loved one respond to an earthquake if they are outdoors when the shaking occurs:
• Get into a clear area away from structures, trees, powerlines, lights, and anything else that might break or fall during the shaking.
• Get as close to the ground as possible to prevent falling over during the shaking.
• If you are in a vehicle when the shaking starts, pull over to a safe location as far away from streetlights and powerlines as possible. Do not stop near buildings, overpasses, or other structures that might collapse or fall during the earthquake.
• Keep your seatbelt on, the vehicle off, and all windows and doors closed throughout the shaking.
• After the earthquake has stopped and you are confident that there are no more aftershocks, drive slowly and carefully toward the nearest shelter. Avoid using any bridges, overpasses, or ramps that might have been damaged in the shaking.
• If you are in a mountainous location, be vigilant about falling rocks and debris .
• Be aware that aftershocks can be just as severe as the quake itself, so it is very important to not immediately start moving around when the initial earthquake is over, as there could still be serious danger with further shaking.
If you are concerned about your elderly loved one’s ability to handle emergency situations, or have been looking for ways to improve their quality of life and diversity of care, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. An in-home care provider can be a valuable source of support to ensure that your aging loved one gets the care, assistance, and encouragement that they need to handle their individual challenges, limitations, and needs, and to help them through emergency situations that may occur as they age in place. When it comes to helping your elderly loved one get through emergency situations, you can feel confident that this care provider can be with your senior to help them get their emergency preparation plans in place, review these plans regularly, and help them to implement them as necessary. This can help you to feel more confident that your loved one is better equipped to handle potentially dangerous situations in the way that will help them stay safe and healthy as they age in place.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home caregivers in San Jose, CA, please contact the caring staff at Bay Area Home Care. Call today 650-938-4031.