Homecare Patients and Their Families
As a home care patient – or a family member caring for a loved one at home – planning is important because you have to make sure you and your family members have the supplies you need to stay healthy and safe in times of emergency. You must have the supplies, tools and plans in place to make it on your own, at least for a period of time, no matter where you are when disaster strikes.
My Health Record
Keep this record updated any time your doctor’s information or your prescribed medication, dosage, or frequency changes. Keep a copy in your emergency kit. Always take your medication list to doctor’s visits and to the hospital.
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How to Identify an Isolated Individual in the Home and How/Where to Report
The work of the home care or direct care provider requires an attentive awareness of a patient’s condition and situation. The direct care provider plays a vital part in the development of a care plan. The care plan is key to determining that patients get the appropriate level of care.
My Medication List
Keep a copy of this list in your emergency kit and update it any time your prescribed medication, dosage, or frequency changes. Remember to take your medication list to doctor’s visits and the hospital. Complete a second page if you take more than seven medications.
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As a person with kidney failure, or end stage renal disease (ESRD), planning ahead is critically important. During an emergency, being unable to receive dialysis treatment can be a life-threatening situation.
If you have a daily prescription, it’s important to plan ahead. In an emergency, lost or damaged medication can be life-threatening. Talk to your health care provider about which medical supplies you need to have when disaster strikes.
A Caregiver's Guide for Individuals with Dementia
As someone who cares for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, staying healthy and safe in times of emergency is essential. Emergency planning is important because disasters can be especially upsetting and confusing for individuals with dementia.
Homecare Patients with Disabilities
As a person with a disability, planning is critically important because during an emergency you may not have access to the supplies and resources you need to stay healthy, safe, and independent. Emergency planning includes having the food, medicine, and medical supplies in place to make it on your own when disaster strikes. Talk to your health care provider about the specific supplies you will need to have on hand that will last for two weeks.
Homecare Patients Using Power-Dependent Equipment
As a home care patient on power-dependent equipment – or a family member providing care – planning is critically important because during a power outage you won’t have access to everyday resources.
Homecare Patients with Diabetes
As an individual with diabetes, emergency planning is important because you have to make sure you have the medical supplies you may need to stay healthy and safe in times of emergency.
A Guide for Individuals and Families Who Depend on Service Animals
Refer to this flyer to work with individuals and their families who have service animals to prepare a disaster plan that includes what to do for the service animal. If in the event of a catastrophe or natural disaster, individuals who are blind or otherwise disabled depend on their service animals even more than they do day-to-day.
A Guide for Families with a Disabled Child
One of the primary concerns of parents with disabled children is what to do when an emergency arises and you and your family, including your disabled child, must evacuate. Preparation is key, no matter what your child’s disability may be.
A Guide for Individuals With Behavioral Health Disorders & Their Families & Caregivers
Although anyone confronted with a natural or human-made disaster will find him- or herself stressed and panicked, for the 5.7 million Marylanders with mental health issues (according to Mental Health America) such an event can lead to a serious emotional breakdown that can leave them vulnerable in an emergency.