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Hurricane Planning for Elderly and Disabled Family Members – July Newsletter

Chronicles of a Professional Guardian

 

Serving as Care Managers, Elderly & Disabled Life Care Plan Assessors, and providing Professional Guardian services in Central Florida for over 20 years, we have discovered unique solutions to many difficult problems.

 

We are continuing our tradition of giving back by sharing our knowledge in the hopes that this information can help others to better serve and care for our elderly and disabled population.


Hurricane Planning for your Elderly & Disabled Family Members

 

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Summertime in Florida isn’t just about sunshine, beach days, and afternoon rainstorms, it also means the start of hurricane season. Although we haven’t seen much activity in recent years, it is always important to be prepared for when disaster strikes.

 

This is especially true if you know an elderly or disabled loved one or neighbor living at home alone. While an emergency situation is always hard on everyone, it can be particularly difficult, and even confusing, times for these individuals.

 

So how can you make sure your loved one is ready for hurricane season?

 

While this isn’t a comprehensive list, here are a few ways to help your loved one be prepared this summer, just in case.

 

Home Preparedness

 

Home Repairs: Inspect the outside and inside of their house for any noticeable issues that could cause bigger problems in a hurricane. Are there loose or missing shingles on the roof? Is there a section of fence that is sagging dangerously? Are there any broken windows? Assessing, and fixing and small issues now can drastically improve how the property weathers during a bad storm.

 

Outside Furniture: While you’re assessing the outside of the house, take the time to review the yard for any furniture that could pose a problem. Secure and store any furniture that isn’t in use, or that can be difficult for your loved one to handle on their own.

 

Insurance: Review insurance policies. Is the homeowner’s insurance current? Do they have a current flood policy? A flood policy is not part of regular home owner’s insurance coverage. If not, what will it take to make sure your loved one is properly covered in case disaster strikes?

 

Make a Disaster Kit

 

Take the time to prepare a disaster kit for your loved one. Put all the supplies they will need, like water, flashlights, batteries, and more in one location so that they know where everything is should they need it.

 

Important Documents: Make sure your loved one has a copy of their vital documents and papers, such as id and health insurance documents, living wills, health care surrogate documents, in an easy to locate, waterproof container.

 

Extra Meds and Equipment: When an emergency happens, extra medical supplies may not be readily available. Help your loved one talk to their doctor to see about getting extra meds to have on hand, just in case. Sometimes this is as simple as getting a 3 month prescription prefilled.

 

Remember to double check durable medical equipment (DME) too. Does mom have enough oxygen? Will her DME company let her have an extra canister on hand, just in case? Does she have a spare walker, or other equipment needed, ready in case she has to evacuate?

 

Make Evacuation Items Easy to Move: Incase the need for evacuation arises, you can make it easier on your loved one by putting their evacuation items into easy to carry containers, such as a backpack or duffel bag, or even in a container on wheels that rolls easily.

 

Special Needs Shelters

 

Determine which shelter is available for your loved one to go to, including how they will get there, should the need to evacuate the home arise.

 

In many counties, there are special needs shelters that assist the elderly and disabled with certain things, like medications and DME equipment. Often, these shelters require pre-registration. Determine what is needed for your loved to evacuate to a shelter, and then take the steps necessary to make sure they are on the list to the appropriate shelter.

 

Family Communication Plan

 

Most importantly, have a plan in place should a disaster hit. Who is responsible for “mom” when bad weather occurs? What does this mean? Is this a phone call or a visit to her house? What happens if that person can’t go to mom, who is next in line?

 

Make sure that everyone in the family knows the plan, including your elderly or disabled loved one. Review the plan often so that when an emergency does hit, everyone knows what to do.

 

While we may never be fully prepared for a disaster, having a plan in place can go a long way in ensuring that your elderly or disabled family member, friend, or neighbor is not forgotten about during the chaos that ensues after an emergency.

 


Did You Know?

 

That some emergency shelters allow pets? If your loved one has a pet that needs to be evacuated with them during a disaster, make sure the shelter they are going to allows pets. Also, make sure there is enough supplies for the pet, and that they have the proper identification tags, a current photo, and a secure pet carrier and/or leash, just in case.

 

Visit Ready.gov for more tips about caring for animals during an emergency.

 


Tip of the Month:

 

Before you donate to charity, you can evaluate the organization by using Charity Navigator.

 

This is a free service that ranks charities by their accountability & transparency, financial standing including IRS standing, and history.

 

This can be a good resource to use to research charities before you donate. For more information, check out CharityNavigator.org.

 


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Make Money From Your Unused Diabetic Supplies

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Did you know that you could make money from your unused diabetic supplies?

 

Often times, people are left with extra diabetic supplies when doctors switch them from one brand of testing to another, or if a family member who was diabetic passed away. Now, instead of throwing those supplies away, you can make money off of them instead.

 

CashforDiabetics.com is a website that offers to pay diabetics for their unused boxes of test strips. The strips must be factory sealed, and unexpired.

 

How much the site pays depends on the life of the test strips. Payout is considerably higher for supplies that still have 8 or more months until expiration. They will buy supplies with 1 – 7 months until expiration for 50% less. They will also buy supplies that are not available for retail sale in the US.

 

According to their website, payment will take 2 – 5 business days to receive, and shipping is free. To learn more, visit www.CashforDiabetics.com.

 

*Guardian Care is not affiliated with CashforDiabetics.com, nor are we being paid for this endorsement. We just thought it was a neat service that could be useful to some people.*

 

Forensic Data Mining with Guardianships and Estates

 

OrlandoGuardian.com Forensic Data Mining with Guardianship and Estates

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Back in the old days, say 5 or 10 years ago, most folks over the age of 65 DID NOT do their personal banking and shopping through ecommerce. Instead, they did business through the snail mail, receiving paper bank statements, mailing paper tax returns, and having 1099’s sent to their home. And they sent checks, letters, and forms out through the mail.

 

Fast forward to today, many folks, even those in their 80’s and 90’s, have practically stopped using snail mail all together. They pay their household bills online, order stuff from Amazon, and even sign their tax returns electronically.

 

So when you are appointed as a guardian or PR to an estate for one of these tech oriented seniors, how do you get ALL of the information you need to do your job? How do you learn about all the online services they use, and acquire logins and access to those many accounts?

 

And, do you have the legal authority to do so?

 

This new digital world is making it increasingly difficult to determine all of the online services a client may use. Where do you even start? And, how do you acquire the skills to actually determine what is being done online?

 

This is another area we find ourselves struggling with. What about you? How do you locate this information for you clients? Are there services you use, or do you have a savvy tech person who helps with this?