Seniors: Make the Right Call

Seniors, follow this list of helpful hints:

  • Keep a telephone, whistle, and your eyeglasses by your bedside at all times.
  • Keep emergency numbers on or near every phone.
  • Have a list of doctors, your pharmacy, and people to be contacted in case of emergency close to each phone.
  • Include 911 or the local emergency number in the list of numbers you can dial automatically, or consider installing a special alerting system.
  • If your phone has an automatic dialing feature, include 911 or the local emergency number in the list of "quick" numbers.
  • Keep a list of medications you take in your purse or wallet.
  • If you’re taken to the hospital, try to be sure the purse or wallet goes with you.
  • Keep stairs and hallways clear of clutter to avoid tripping. Also, keep area rugs and throw rugs secure, either by using carpet tape or a non-skid backing.
  • Keep a flashlight and extra batteries handy in case of a power outage.
  • Test your smoke alarm once a month, or ask someone to do it for you.
  • If a fire occurs, get out immediately. Do not try to put out the fire.
  • Never reenter a burning house or apartment.
  • Ask your local EMS provider to give a presentation at your seniors’ center, apartment building, or next club meeting.
  • Take advantage of community services that offer phone calls to check on you, especially if you live alone.
  • Also check on neighbors and friends who live alone.
  • Ask for help if you need it!
  • EMS is always ready to assist you and it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Avoid The Need To Call EMS

  • Set you hot water thermostat to 120° or lower.
  • Exercise caution getting in and out of the tub or shower.
  • Use rubber mats in front of the kitchen stove to prevent slipping while cooking.
  • Don’t smoke when you’re sleepy and never smoke in bed.
  • Don’t leave cooking unattended.
  • Be sure to set a timer so that you don’t forget something on the stove.
  • Wear fitted or short sleeves while cooking and keep handles on cooking pots turned in.
  • Keep curtains or other flammable materials at least three feet from wood stoves, space heaters and other sources of heat.
  • Don’t use heaters to dry clothes.

Source: FEMA