What’s in Your Elder Parent’s First Aid Kit?

Perhaps when you were a child you were in Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts. If you were, chances are you learned some basic first aid and maybe even prepared a first aid kit on your way to earning a badge. Sadly, many adults aren’t nearly as well prepared for an emergency at home. One study showed that 44 percent of Americans don’t even own a first aid kit. Is one of those people your elder parent? If your parent does have a first aid kit, have you checked to see if supplies are outdated or if the kit is complete?

Elder Care Rochester NY - What’s in Your Elder Parent’s First Aid Kit?

Elder Care Rochester NY – What’s in Your Elder Parent’s First Aid Kit?

First aid kits for the home are important since it’s likely that your elder parent or someone else in the home will sustain some sort of injury and first aid will be needed. The first aid kit should be easily recognizable and placed in a visible area of the home so that elder care providers, family caregivers, and your parent can find it in the case of an emergency. Home first aid kits should focus on supplies for treating cuts, insect stings, scrapes, burns, splinters, sprains, and strains. While first aid kits can be purchased in stores or online, it’s easy to make one up for your parent—and it may be cheaper, too!

Here are some essentials for your parent’s first aid kit:

A Sturdy Case
First, you’re going to need a sturdy case that won’t break or fall open if it gets dropped. The case should be something that will be easily visible and recognizable as a first aid kit so that elder care providers and family caregivers can find it quickly in an emergency.

Gloves
Gloves will reduce the risk of infection for both the person receiving treatment and the person providing treatment. It’s a good idea to get non-latex gloves as some people are allergic or sensitive to latex.

Adhesive Tape, Scissors, and Gauze Pads
Gauze pads can be used to clean or bandage wounds that are too large for a regular Band-Aid. The adhesive tape will be necessary for holding the gauze in place. The scissors may be needed to cut the tape or adjust the size of the gauze pads.

Band-Aids
Have multiple sizes of Band-Aids available for covering small cuts and scrapes.

Creams
Include topical antibiotic creams for wounds, hydrocortisone creams for rashes, and aloe vera gel or cream for burns.

Tweezers
Tweezers are useful for removing splinters, stingers, or debris from scrapes.

Sterile Eye Wash
Sterile eye wash is used to flush foreign objects or substances from the eyes.

Emergency Contact Information
The first aid kit is just one more place that you should have a list of emergency contact numbers, including numbers for the fire department and a family member to call on for help. It’s a good idea to even put a reminder to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency since people sometimes do not think clearly in an emergency situation.

Sources:  http://seniorcarecorner.com/seniors-first-aid-kit-essentials
http://www.webmd.com/first-aid/first-aid-kits-treatment#1
https://consumer.healthday.com/mental-health-information-25/behavior-health-news-56/many-americans-not-prepared-for-disasters-poll-666756.html

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About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)