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Preparation for Emergencies Tip #3

First Aid Kit For Caregivers to Have

As a caregiver, being prepared for injuries and other medical emergencies is critical. As people age, they become more vulnerable to injuries and health events. Because of thinner skin and brittle bones, even minor and non-life-threatening injuries can demand particular care. That’s why family members of seniors should make sure that appropriate first aid is always available.

The first thing you should assess in any first aid kit are the essentials. These are the items most commonly needed for home first aid. If you are missing or low on any of the supplies below, you should immediately restock these items. These items include:

  • Scissors/shears
  • Tweezers
  • Gloves
  • Gauze
  • Cotton swabs
  • Tape
  • Band-Aids
  • Antiseptic ointment and/or wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Fever reducer
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Calamine lotion
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Cold compress
  • Thermometer
  • Compact flashlight
  • Blanket

Depending on your loved one’s health or personal needs, additional supplies or specialty home care items may be necessary. Talk with your loved one or their doctor to determine if they require items such as specialty adhesives or gauze for delicate skin, emergency medications, a blood pressure monitor, a blood sugar reader, an epinephrine injector, or any other item.

Essential information should also be included in the fist aid kit, including:

  • List of medications, including dosage and schedule for each
  • Phone numbers for: doctors, pharmacy, other emergency contacts and poison control
  • Medical forms (i.e. DNR, advance directives, living will)

You never know when accidents or injuries will happen so preparing right now is a good first choice.  Maintaining your First Aid Kit based on the changing needs of your loved one is also important, so please review the contents of your First Aid Kit regularly.