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What Can You Do to Help Emergency Responders Give Your Parent the Best Services during a Fire

Elderly Care in Crawfordville FL

Older adults suffer a disproportionately high number of injuries and deaths associated with fires than other age groups. This makes it necessary for you as a family caregiver to take necessary steps Elderly-Care-in-Crawfordville-FLto guard your aging loved one from the possibility of a fire, but also to prepare them for the possibility that a fire will occur and ensure that they will be able to get through this situation in the best way possible. Part of this is knowing how to help the emergency responders give your parent the best services that they can should a fire occur in your parent’s home.


Use these tips to help emergency responders care for your parent in the best way should a fire occur in your aging loved one’s home:

  • Get out first. If your aging parent is able to escape the home on their own, make sure that they know that that is the first thing that they should do. Once they are a safe distance from the home, they can call for emergency assistance.
  • Call immediately. If they are not able to get out of the house, or are already out, they should call the fire department immediately. No matter how large the fire already is, they should not rely on the thought that a neighbor has already called. Your parent should either have their own mobile device to use for making the call, or go to a trusted neighbor’s home to ask for help.
  • Post an alert. Create a highly visible sign that alerts emergency responders to the presence of a senior who may not be able to escape the home on their own. This may be due to mobility problems, physical challenges, or cognitive functioning limitations. Post this sign where it will be immediately visible to the emergency responders and include information such as your parent’s name, the location of their bedroom, and their particular ailment.
  • Keep the home clear. Make sure that your aging parent’s home does not become cluttered or overly filled. Not only will this help to reduce the rate at which the fire spreads, but it will also make it easier for your parent to get out or the emergency responders to get in. Ensure that every window and door to the home is readily accessible.
  • Signal for help. Instruct your parent that if they are not able to get out of the house, they should signal for help. A light-colored cloth waving out of a window or a flashlight moving around can signal emergency responders that there is someone in that area of the home that needs help so that they head there first.


If you are concerned about your aging parent’s safety and wellbeing as they age in place, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elderly care for them. Having an elderly home care services provider in the home with your senior can give them greater confidence, but also provides additional support and assistance should an emergency arise. Particularly if your parent is suffering from a challenge or limitation that might keep them from being able to respond effectively to an emergency such as a fire, an elderly home care services provide can give you peace of mind that your loved one has someone to help them stay as safe as possible.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Crawfordville, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.



Jami D. Eddy

Jami Eddy is the Administrator and an owner of Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. She graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a major in criminology and a minor in psychology. Jami has been with Hopewell for more than 10 years and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business.