First Aid Kit for Seniors Living at Home

First Aid Kit for Seniors Living at Home

First aid is an important consideration when caring for an elderly person at home. It is important to know that seniors are more vulnerable to accidents and injuries since they often lack strength, flexibility and can have brittle bones. Also, their sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste may have declined, making them more vulnerable to accidents. It is very important that the elderly take care of their skin as well, because they are more susceptible to skin infections and disease due to natural changes in aging skin. These changes make the skin less elastic, thinner and dryer allowing more injures while also being slow to heal.

What to Put in Your First Aid Kit
It is important to keep a well-stocked first aid kit on hand. You can purchase a kit or create one of your own. You can create one using a portable file box that can be found at any office supply store or large discount store. Be sure to keep your first aid kit someplace where it can be located quickly and be sure to give it a regular check up by replacing expired items and updating informational lists.

Creating a list of insurance information, medical contacts, and medications could prove to be a very helpful addition to your first aid kit. We often have trouble trying to remember things in the event of an emergency, which is why adding procedures for specific conditions would also be a great asset to your first aid kit.

In being prepared for emergencies, let’s take a look at what a first aid kit should have in it:
• Thermometer
• Antiseptic solution or wipes, such as hydrogen peroxide, povidone-iodine or chlorhexidine
• Antibiotic ointment
• Calamine lotion for stings or poison ivy
• Hydrocortisone cream or ointment
• Cotton balls and swabs
• Band-Aids in assorted sizes including knee and elbow sizes
• Latex gloves (these should be worn any time you may be at risk of contact with blood or body fluid of any type)
• Triangular bandages for wrapping injuries and making arm slings
• Thermal patches
• Instant cold pack
• Gauze, tape, and Ace bandages
• Hand sanitizer or soap
• Tweezers, scissors, safety pins and needle
• Eye goggles and sterile eyewash such as a saline solution
• Pain and fever medicines, such as aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen
• Decongestants to treat nasal congestion
• Anti-nausea medicine to treat motion sickness and other types of nausea
• Anti-diarrhea medicine
• Antacid to treat upset stomach
• Laxative to treat constipation
• First aid manual
• The senior’s medication list with dosage and times taken
• Phone numbers for emergency contact, doctors, pharmacy, and insurance information.
• If needed: blood pressure monitor, oximeter, blood sugar meter and/or AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
• Medical forms such as living will, DNR, or advance directives

When traveling, take the kit with you. You may want to add a blanket, flashlight with extra batteries, medical consent forms, and a medical history form. For specific medical conditions, be sure to include any necessary equipment and instructional information. If you elect to keep a separate travel first aid kit, be sure to copy and include all medical information.

Purchasing a First Aid Kit
The American Red Cross and many drugstores sell first aid kits with many of these items. Remember, for the kit to be useful, you need to know how to use it. You may want to take a Red Cross first aid course or at least purchase a first aid manual to learn first aid basics.

—By Caren Parnes
Contributor for The Senior’s Choice

Hallmark Homecare Partners with Premier Senior Consultants

Hallmark Homecare Partners with Premier Senior Consultants

Hallmark Homecare is pleased to announce our strategic partnership with Premier Senior Consultants to provide a concierge service to seniors and their families within the Central Florida area.

Hallmark Homecare and Premier Senior Consultants together offer a personal touch and an array of care options to help seniors and their families navigate the next stage of their journey. The synergistic connection between Hallmark Homecare and Premier Senior Consultants allows families to explore greater choices for their individual need.

As our loved ones age, their needs can shift and expand rapidly. It can be overwhelming and exhausting for family caregivers to navigate the system of care options, not to mention the medical maze. One of the major challenges in a family caregiver’s life is acknowledging the fact that they have exhausted their skill for caring for someone they love. Many are faced with the decision of bringing someone in from outside of the family to help with activities of daily living, while others need care in a facility to remain safe. Hallmark Homecare and Premier Senior Consultants are there to assist in those life changes.

At Hallmark Homecare, we serve as private recruiters for families searching for caregivers either in their homes or in a facility. We are, in essence, a “head hunter” for the care industry, helping guide families throughout the caregiver search. A detailed care assessment is performed to ensure that each client’s needs are fully understood. We then do the tedious work of reviewing hundreds of caregiver applicants by checking their backgrounds, references and credentials, conducting drug tests, making sure they are properly insured, and providing them with additional training if necessary. Finally, we set up interviews of the selected caregivers with the clients and families seeking to hire them. Families are able to hand-select the caregiver(s) of their choice.

Hallmark charges a very affordable one-time placement fee for our services, which the family typically recoups within the first 30-90 days of care (depending on hours of care per week). Thereafter, the family then realizes the ongoing tremendous savings with our model of care. We also provide a 90-day unconditional guarantee of satisfaction. Payment for our services include private-pay, LTC insurance and, if enrolled and eligible, the VA Aid and Attendance benefit covers the cost of in-home care.

Hallmark Homecare owner, Denise Sullivan, stated that “Our client-directed model of care is becoming increasingly necessary for many due to the escalating costs of in-home care. I am proud to provide our community with a powerful senior care option, one in which families can legally hire quality, professional caregivers directly and offer their loved ones the in-home care that they deserve, all without breaking the bank.”

Premier Senior Consultants specializes in senior placement solutions for Independent Living, Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s care throughout the Central Florida area. Their Senior Living Consultants have over 25 years of combined healthcare experience in Central Florida’s senior living market. As industry experts, they offer insight to families that will help save them time, money, and frustration when searching for the right option for their loved one. Premier Senior Consultants partners with communities of all types and sizes to meet the needs and expectations of their clients.

“Deciding where to spend your golden years is a big and many times emotional decision. Carrie and I have a passion to try our best to help alleviate the stress for both the senior and the adult child. The senior living community pays our fee which allows us to be complimentary to the families we serve.” says Holly Jennings, Managing Partner at Premier Senior Consultants.

To contact your local Hallmark Homecare office, contact Denise Sullivan, Owner, at 407-808-7738 or email dsullivan@hallmarkhomecare.com. More information on the company is available at peterd214.sg-host.com/centralflorida.

To contact Premier Senior Consultants, please contact Holly Jennings or Carrie Vick, Managing Partners at 407-703-7022 or email info@pscfl.com. More information on the company is available at www.pscfl.com.

You may also visit our offices at Premier Pointe located at 1420 Gay Road, Winter Park, FL 32789.