Be Prepared: First Aid and Emergency Kit Items for Seniors
You should always have an actual First Aid Kit, which contains medical supplies necessary in case of an at-home injury, but it's also important to have an Emergency Document Binder containing important medical information forms prepped and ready for yourself and your senior loved ones.
First Aid Kit for Seniors
Print this list out to use while assembling your First Aid Kit and Emergency Document Binder for your Emergency Kit.
Hand sanitizer or soap
Bandages in various sizes (including knee, elbow and butterfly)
Wrap bandages (such as Ace bandages)
Over-the-counter medications (including antihistamine, fever reducer, anti-inflammatory, and hydrocortisone cream)
Antiseptic ointment and alcohol wipes
Gauze and tape
Tweezers and safety pins
Flashlight and extra batteries
Cotton balls and swabs
Plastic bag to dispose of waste
If needed: Blood sugar meter, blood pressure monitor and AED (automated external defibrillator)
You'll need a comprehensive list of your current medications and dosages, including insulin and any over-the-counter pain medication and vitamins. Remember to update the list every time a new medication is added. (It also helps to have a copy of this medication list on your person in case there is ever an accident because it will help medical professionals determine the best emergency care.)
List of Ailments and Allergies
Heart problems and concerns
Health Care Paperwork
Driver's license and birth certificate
Social Security card
Medicare/Medicaid and other health insurance cards
VA benefits information
Health care proxy and durable power of attorney
Advance directives, including: A living will, DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) order, and organ donation info
Last Will and Testament
Jot down those symptoms when they appear, to keep a running list in case those small ailments turn into something bigger. That way you won't have to worry about remembering when the pain started, how often it occurred, etc.
In Cases of Long-term Hospitalization or Care
These items are important to have within easy access should extended hospitalization or long-term care be needed.
List of utility providers, newspaper, post office, bank accounts -- in case they need to be stopped/turned off/paid
Safe Deposit Box
Power of Attorney
Insurance Agents and Policies
Aging in Place with Hoveround
Having a First Aid Kit and Emergency Document Binder of medical information forms is vital when you're a senior who is aging in place—and Hoveround can help you remain aging in place in more ways than one. Call to speak to one of our Mobility Specialists today at (800) 542-7236 to learn how you can retain your mobility and regain your independence!