We all know how important having a band-aid is when our kids’ knees are bleeding.
As family caregivers of seniors, we need to remain prepared for emergencies with our seniors as we did with our children.
Do you have a first aid kit? If you do, what is in it? Is it someplace where it can quickly be found when it is needed?
A first aid kit stored out of sight might not be quickly found in the panic after an injury, especially if it is a visiting friend or family member looking for it.
If you have kit already, go through it to make sure it has what might be needed. Has anyone checked it lately for expired items? If you’re like us that is not done often enough.
Checklist – First Aid Kit for Seniors
There are several things we should have at hand in the case of any emergency in our seniors’ homes whether you, another loved one or a paid caregiver is present.
- Antiseptic ointment and wipes
- Cold pack
- Band-Aids in assorted sizes including knee and elbow sizes
- Thermal patches
- Medications: fever reducer, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, calamine lotion and hydrocortisone cream
- Gauze and tape
- Hand sanitizer or soap
- Tweezers, scissors, safety pins and needle
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Activated charcoal
- Your senior’s list of medications including dosages and times
- Phone numbers for emergency contact, doctor, pharmacy, poison control
- Antibiotic lotion
- Elastic wrap such as Ace brand
- Cotton balls and swabs
- Eye goggles and sterile eyewash
- Plastic bag for disposable
- Medical forms such as living will, DNR, or advance directives
- If needed: blood pressure monitor, blood sugar meter and/or AED
- First aid guide for reference
Store all items in a place that is easy to find and known to all caregivers or helpers in the home.
Make a plan to check the first aid kit regularly to discard and replace any expired items.
Being prepared will help your senior get the care they need just in case.
Did we miss anything you think should be added to the kit? If so, please leave a comment to let us know!