Why You Need a Senior Friendly First Aid Kit?
Several studies have shown that senior citizens are more vulnerable to accidents than other age groups. They are also more likely to be injured because they are more fragile.
A senior friendly first aid kit is an important tool for seniors to have in their homes or apartments. This kit should contain items that help seniors deal with common injuries and emergencies. It should also include instructions on how to use them properly.
Did you know older adults have skin that tears easily and band-aids can damage it? If a senior gets a cut, cleaning with saline solution, drying the wound, and then putting on polysporin and gauze, wrapped with a roller bandage is a good way to go.
The saline can also be poured over the eye if an eye-rinse is needed.
Essential Contents of a First Aid Kit for Seniors
A first aid kit should contain the following:
⦁ Emergency telephone numbers for EMS/9-1-1, your local poison control centre, and your personal doctors
⦁ Home and office phone numbers for family members, friends, or neighbours who can help
⦁ Sterile gauze pads (dressings) in small and large squares to place over wounds
⦁ Adhesive tape
⦁ Roller and triangular bandages to hold dressings in place or to make an arm sling
⦁ Adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
⦁ Safety pins
⦁ Instant ice packs
⦁ Disposable non-latex gloves, such as surgical or examination gloves
⦁ Flashlight, with extra batteries in a separate bag
⦁ Antiseptic wipes or soap
⦁ Saline solution
⦁ Pencil and pad
⦁ Emergency blanket
⦁ Eye patches
⦁ Barrier devices, such as a pocket mask or face shield
⦁ Canadian Red Cross first aid manual
Keep yourself loved ones safe in all situations with this First Aid Kit for Seniors or older adults. It will help you to take care of minor scrapes, cuts, insect bites, burns, minor bleeding, and much more.