You never want to think about your aging loved one needing to go to the emergency room. An injury or illness so serious and it needs urgent medical care is intimidating, and as a family caregiver, it can worry you about their ongoing health and well-being. Visits to the emergency room can be something your senior experiences more frequently as they get older, and it is important to be as prepared as possible to handle these situations. something as simple as knowing what to bring with you can make a major difference in your senior’s comfort, and how well they get through this experience. Bringing the right things can also make a difference for you, helping you to stay comfortable and healthy, and be able to remain with them as much as possible.
Some items to consider bringing with you to the emergency room when your senior needs to visit include:
- If your aging parent wears contact lenses, bring along a lens case, fluid, and a backup pair of glasses. Visits to the emergency room can often stretch for many hours, and your senior might be more comfortable wearing glasses instead of having their contacts in
- Thick socks to keep their feet warm
- A change of clothing including comfortable, easy to put on items such as a sweat suit
- Hand sanitizer
- Lip balm
- Basic grooming items that might help your parent to feel more comfortable, such as a hairbrush and hair tie if they have long hair
- Denture care supplies to help them take care of their dentures if they want to remove them during their time in the hospital
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable, nutrition dense snacks
- Simple forms of entertainment such as books, word search puzzles, or even coloring books
- A notebook and pen to write down questions and information you learn from the visit so you can easily reference it later
Elderly care can be an amazing resource for helping your parent live their best life. As a family caregiver, you love your senior and want what’s best for them, and that means helping them to live the life that is safe and healthy, but also independent, engaged, and meaningful. An elderly home care services provider can offer your parent personalized services designed with them in mind. This means they aren’t just dealing with health issues and challenges, but also continuing to seek out excitement, learning opportunities, activity, and more.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Mercerville, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.