A Summer Safety Prep Checklist for Seniors and Those with Disabilities

Across the nation storm season starts in the summer, and can last up to six-months. Storm season can contain intense fires, heavy rains, flooding and winds reaching upwards of 150 miles an hour. Sometimes the disaster can be limited to a town or region, other times it can be as big as an entire state.

Being prepared for all instances can dramatically increase your chances of a safe, healthy outcome. With senior citizens and people with disabilities especially, being prepared takes on extra importance.

When it comes to estate and elder law planning, our goal is for you to be protected against any uncertainty. Let us share a quick checklist of critical questions to consider when developing your preparation plan. Consider discussing your goals with your loved ones, agent under your durable power of attorney or care providers to identify your capabilities in order to determine how much assistance you may need.

Personal Care – Do you regularly need assistance with personal care activities, such as bathing and grooming?

Personal Care Equipment – Do you need adaptive personal care equipment, such as a bathing chair, tub-transfer bench or similar type items?

Electricity – Is your personal care or medical equipment dependent on electricity? How will you manage if the weather knocks out electric power? If you have a back-up generator, how long will it last?

Water – What will you do if your water supply is either cut off or contaminated? Do you have enough bottled water or access to clean water?

Transportation – Do you need a specially equipped vehicle? Most states, including California, offer natural disaster transportation services for people with mobility challenges. But you have to register first with a local emergency management agency. This can be done at any time.

Supplies – Will you need assistance getting groceries, medications or medical supplies? What would you do if your support system couldn’t reach you because of damaged roads? Do you have neighbors that could help?

Getting Help – How would you call for help and who would you call? If you use hearing aids, for example, do you have a back-up pair to make sure you can communicate with emergency personnel?

Sometimes asking the right questions will lead to the right answers – and ultimately a plan. The result may be that, if possible, you’re able to stay in your home during a weather catastrophe. If not, a prearranged plan to a stay at a medical facility may be needed. Be sure, in the latter instance, that the facility can support your needs and has a crisis plan of its own.

Make sure to share your final plan with your support system so everyone can be prepared to help. Talk to your agent under your durable power of attorney about how you want things managed should something happen. The key is to not wait to plan. If you have questions do not wait to let us know!

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