All too often seniors experience a medical event or have a fall in their homes and need to be taken to the emergency room. Often these accidents and events happen at night when seniors may be in their pajamas. When that happens, seniors can be stuck in the emergency department or even admitted to a hospital without having items that they need or items that would make them more comfortable or allow them to maintain their dignity. Every senior should have an emergency bag at home placed conveniently near the door so that they can ask first responders or an in-home care provider to put the bag on the gurney with them as they leave the house. Some of the items that should be in a senior’s emergency bag are:
Seniors don’t get the chance to put shoes on when they’re being rushed to emergency. But at the hospital their feet can be exposed and cold. Even though the emergency department may supply hospital grade socks they won’t be very comfortable and probably won’t be very warm. Seniors should have a thick and cozy pair of slipper socks with grips on the bottom that they can wear in the hospital. The grips will seniors avoid falling if they have to get up to get to the bathroom while they are waiting to be seen in the emergency department.
Hospital gowns aren’t very modest and they can also leave seniors feeling very cold. A thick robe will help seniors feel more comfortable, give them some coverage if they want it, and help them stay warm. Make sure the robe is oversized and has big sleeves so that it’s easy to take on and off. If your senior loved one doesn’t care for robes an oversized thick cardigan sweater or a large flannel overshirt can also work well.
Your senior loved one may not always be able to get to the bathroom if they need to while they are waiting for care. And using a bedpan may not be an option either, especially for seniors who are in the emergency department because of a fall. Every senior’s emergency bag should contain some disposable briefs in their size so that they can put on a brief. Include several so that they can change the brief whenever necessary.
A Fleece Blanket
Even though emergency departments and hospitals are usually kept on the warmer side your senior loved one may be very cold while they are there. Thin hospital blankets don’t do much to provide either warmth or comfort. A thick fleece blanket will help your senior loved one stay warm and cozy while they are getting the care they need. Fleece blankets are easy to wash and relatively inexpensive too so if it becomes soiled or your senior loved one leaves it behind when they leave the hospital it will be easy to replace. You can get twin sized fleece blankets almost anywhere for very little money.