Caregiving at Home

1

Thinking About Home Care

2

Communication

3

Caring For Yourself

4

Setting Up Your Home, Safety and Body Mechanics

5

Preventing Infection in the Home

6

Normal and Abnormal Signs of Aging

7

Meeting Special Needs and Conditions

8

Death, Dying and Hospice Care

9

Providing Personal Care

10

Transfers and Ambulation

11

Basic Healthcare Skills

12

Healthy Eating and Hydration

13

Emergency Care

14

Medications

Chapter 13 Emergency Care

A medical emergency may be the result of an accident or sudden illness. Chapter 13, "Emergency Care," describes how to respond appropriately to medical emergencies. This chapter explains how to assess both the situation and the victim in order to determine whether or not to summon emergency help. It tells you how to determine if a person is conscious and what to say to a dispatcher when you call to report an emergency. While this book does not provide CPR training, it does tell you where to find a CPR class and why it is important not to perform CPR unless you are properly trained. This chapter discusses procedures for responding to the following emergencies, including how to recognize them when they occur:

  • Choking
  • Shock
  • Heart attack
  • Bleeding
  • Poisoning
  • Burns
  • Seizures
  • Fainting
  • Nosebleed
  • Falls

Chapter 13 also tells you how to plan in advance for an emergency evacuation and gives you guidelines for handling disasters such as fire, flood, earthquake, hurricane, tornado or severe weather. It tells you which emergency supplies should always be assembled in your home and how to create a disaster supply kit to use in the event of an evacuation. "Emergency Care" helps you to prepare in advance and gives you the knowledge to respond calmly and confidently during an emergency or disaster.