Storms can hit suddenly and cause power outages that last for days. A strong thunderstorm, heavy winds, or tornadoes may have your parents going without power for far longer than desired. If that happens, how prepared are your parents?
What Are Their Specific Circumstances?
Depending on your parents' circumstances, a power outage may be more than an inconvenience. If your parents live on a well system rather than public water, a power outage means no running water. Your parents can't run faucets, take showers, or flush toilets. Over time, this can be unsanitary. Stocking up on water in barrels or jugs will help, but even those water supplies will run out if an outage lasts for days or weeks.
In hot climates, an extended power outage increases the risk of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Your parents won't be able to run fans or air conditioning units. The risk of overheating is higher. If they have a pool, they should use it to help stay cool. If they don't, a damp t-shirt can help keep the body temperature down. If those are not options, they may want to temporarily leave their home until power is restored.
Do They Have Non-Perishable Foods on Hand?
In an extended power outage, foods in the fridge or freezer will go bad as the appliance's internal temperature increases. Your parents need to have a good stock of non-perishable foods that can be eaten without having to heat it up. Canned pasta, meats, and vegetables are handy. It's also a good idea to have a case of water bottles to ensure your parents stay hydrated.
Make Sure Someone is Checking in
You need to make sure that someone is checking in to make sure your parents are okay. If you live too far from them, hire a senior care professional to provide companionship and make sure they're eating, hydrating, and staying cool enough. Caregivers can also make sure storms haven't caused property damage. If there are problems, a caregiver can call you to discuss how best to handle the rest of the outage.
Senior care services can also make sure your parents have a safe ride to another location. After days of being without power, it may be safer to move your parents to a hotel or shelter. Discuss transportation and other helpful services by calling a senior care agency.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Broadview, MT, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today at 406-839-2390.