Since 2004, September has been National Preparedness Month. Ready.gov notes that it's a time for individuals and organizations to prepare themselves to face unplanned events, mostly those associated with man-made or natural disasters. And while the residents and staff of Autumn View Gardens in Ellisville don't have to worry about issues such as earthquakes or hurricanes, unplanned events and weather issues can arise. Taking time to prepare yourself and your assisted living apartment can make a big difference when unplanned issues — big or small — occur.
The Benefit of an Assisted Living Community
A great benefit of an assisted living community is that a lot of preparation work is handled on your behalf by caring, expert staff. Ready.gov recommends that individuals learn lifesaving skills, including CPR, in preparation for the unplanned. And while it's never a bad idea to have such skills or keep a first-aid kit in your own residence, know that the staff at Autumn View Gardens keeps up with their own training and is always prepared to help in the event of a minor or major emergency.
Staying Prepared Yourself
While you can rely on staff to work to keep you safe during various events and assist with things like evacuation or immediate medical needs, not every unplanned event is a large disaster. You can plan ahead to deal with minor inconveniences and issues well within your own assisted living apartment.
Here are just a few steps you might consider taking toward better preparedness.
While almost every day at Autumn View Gardens is an enjoyable, normal day, life and emergencies do happen. The staff works constantly to ensure they're prepared to meet your needs during any such events, but by taking some small preparedness steps now, you can help reduce the impact of unplanned events on your own life.
Bethesda Foundaion is not associated with the Bethesda Health Group of St. Louis, MO.