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10 Important Items for Caregiver Ready Bags

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on March 20, 2017

Family caregivers might have to prepare ready bags for every occasion, especially in case of emergency situations. The items in the bag are often essential for a senior’s health. Ready bags should also have items that family caregivers need.

Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Phoenix Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care. Here’s a look at 10 items every caregiver ready bag should have.

1. Important Documents 

A list that includes allergies, medical history, insurance card, and the names of healthcare providers and family members should be inside the ready bag at all times. These documents ensure your senior loved one’s health is not compromised and that he or she can receive immediate care and assistance when needed. 

2. Healthy Snacks 

Seniors may be in a situation where food and water are not available. Such situations are bad for seniors with chronic health conditions. Failing to eat could lead to severe issues and cause medications and treatments to become ineffective. Non-perishable snacks to pack in the ready bag include water, nuts, granola bars, and other healthy foods. 

3. Protective Gear 

Seniors should have clothing and accessories to protect them from the sun at all times. This could prevent a variety of health issues such as skin cancer and glaucoma. Be sure to pack sunglasses, light sweaters and jackets, socks, sun hats, and sunscreen in the ready bag. 

4. Medications 

Your senior loved one’s prescribed medications should be included in the caregiver ready bag. Be sure to include information about the correct dosages and times, as well as other specifics in the bag. Keeping medications in a ready bag could prevent your senior loved one from having attacks or missing treatments, regardless of where he or she is. 

5. Mementos

Keeping mementos in the ready bag is essential for seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Items to include may be a favorite stuffed animal, picture of a loved one, a good luck charm, or other items that can immediately calm your elderly loved one if he or she becomes agitated.

6. Entertainment

Books, crossword puzzles, or other forms of entertainment keep your loved one occupied when sitting at the doctor’s office, waiting at the airport, or at the park. These items can keep your senior loved one’s mind active, which could help preserve his or her memory, and they can also help you pass the time.

Aging adults who need help around the house, transportation to medical appointments and social events, and assistance with exercise can benefit from having an in-home caregiver. Phoenix seniors can enjoy greater independence and receive regular mental and social stimulation when relying on a trusted professional who is expertly trained in various aspects of senior care.

7. Chargers

As a caregiver, you never know when the battery on your smartphone, iPad, laptop, or other electronic device will run out. Therefore, you need to pack chargers for these devices to make sure you are connected at all times, especially in emergency situations. 

8. Moisturizers

Some ointments, balms, and creams can keep your senior loved one’s skin moisturized in cold environments. These moisturizers can also protect your skin from becoming dry, preventing irritation, pain, and other issues. 

9. Antibacterial Hand Gel 

Seniors are at a higher risk of developing infections, which is why you should pack antibacterial hand gel to prevent germs and other bacteria from spreading. These gels also come in handy for caregivers when in hospitals and other medical facilities. 

10. Small Flashlight 

You never know when the power will go out and you will need lighting to guide your loved one. A small flashlight could prevent your elderly loved one from becoming confused, irritated, and upset in places with limited lighting.

Caring for an aging loved one with dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other cognitive impairment can be overwhelming. Family caregivers are often unaware about how to help seniors delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and what items to include in their ready bags. Seniors with Alzheimer’s have much to gain when their families opt for professional Alzheimer’s care. Phoenix, AZ, families can rely on compassionate and dedicated caregivers to help their elderly loved ones manage the various challenges of Alzheimer’s disease so they can enjoy a higher quality of life. If your loved one has recently been diagnosed with this condition, call 602.388.1085 and let a professionally trained caregiver at Home Care Assistance take care of his or her needs.