When you have a child that has medical complexities, you are accustomed to having to carry a little bit of extra equipment with you. We aren’t even talking about that family vacation that most people complain about packing for — no, we’re talking about grocery store visits or trips to the doctor. Regardless of how normal these trips may be for other people, these trips can require some preparation and planning for parents of children with medical complexities.
If you’re still trying to discover a way to make these trips a little smoother, you’ll find a few solutions in today’s blog post.
Create a List
There’s no going wrong with the creation of a list. One of the best things that you can do is to create a list of all the different things that you need to be taking with you when you leave the house. Figure out what types of equipment and items are going to be priorities and which ones are just in the case of an emergency.
One of the best things that you can do is to create a list, laminate it, and check the items off as you’re preparing to leave the house. This is much better than trying to remember everything as you’re heading out the door.
Make the Most of Backup Equipment
If you have any extra equipment that still works well, consider using this as your equipment to take on the go. This is the best way to make the most of the equipment that you have without having to pack up the equipment that you’re using in your home. If there is one main car that you use to go out and run errands, prepare it by having all of the additional equipment that you have, already packed into it.
Invest in Travel Equipment
If you don’t have medical equipment that is made for traveling, then you know how challenging it is to have to prepare these bulky pieces of equipment for the condensed space of the car. One of the best things that you can do is invest in equipment that is built for easy travels. This will make the process of getting it in and out of the car so much easier, but it’s usually a lot lighter which can immediately make this whole process so much easier for you.
Have a Pre-Packed Bag
Without a doubt, one of the best things that you can do is have a pre-packed back with all of the smaller items that you’ll need when you’re out of the house. This is best for small items that you have multiple of, on hand. Take into consideration medications that you’ll need, additional items that you don’t want to lose track of when you’re out and about, and other similar items.
Power Up Your Equipment
This could mean a few different things concerning preparation. Some equipment is going to need to be charged in advance, while other equipment needs the power chords to function. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is forgetting that the equipment needs power to function and then having equipment that they’re unable to use.
If you have equipment that needs some time to charge, make sure that you always prepare for your trips away from home. If you have any equipment that you need power cables for, then you should make sure that you have all of them ready to take with you. Putting this on the list that you create as well as having a bag for just power cables that you need are two ways you can get ahead of the game while preparing.
Prepare for Emergencies
We mentioned the preparation of emergency equipment earlier, but very rarely is equipment the only thing that you need to have when an emergency does come up. Having all of your emergency information and documents on hand just in the case of an emergency is a great way to ensure that you’re prepared. Print duplicates of this information out and have it on hand wherever you go.
A great way to ensure that these documents are always in good condition is to laminate them so that they are still in prime shape when you need them.
Allow Evergreen Home Health Care to Help
The team at Evergreen Home Health Care can provide you with all of the assistance and guidance that you need when it comes to care on the go. The care provider that you’re working with will be able to give you tips beyond the ones that we’ve included above.
For any additional care or assistance that you may need, check out our blog and reach out to our team with any questions that you can’t find answers to. We are always happy to help!