There are many resources available for seniors who may need help or advice. At Senior Care of North Texas we are dedicated to providing quality services to those who need help in the home. The following are a few helpful resources for seniors and their caregivers.

Senior Care of North Texas Resources

2-1-1 Texas

2-1-1 Texas, a program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, is committed to helping Texas citizens connect with the services they need. Whether by phone or internet, our goal is to present accurate, well-organized and easy-to-find information from over 60,000 state and local health and human services programs.

Simply call 2-1-1 on any telephone.

Disaster Relief

You could be anywhere when a disaster strikes. Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning and can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. You can cope with disaster by preparing in advance and by working with your family and caregivers as a team. Follow these four steps to be prepared:

 

1. Get Informed

  • Contact your local management office or local American Red Cross Chapter to gather the information you will need to create a plan

  • You can also contact us at Senior Care of North Texas at (940) 665-2999 for more information

 

2. Make a Plan

  • Meet with your family members

  • Choose an “Out of Town” contact

  • Decide where to meet

  • Complete a family communication plan

  • Determine your escape routes and safe places

 

3. Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit

  • Contact FEMA at 1-800-480-2520 or P.O. Box 2012 in Jessup, MD 20794-2012 to

        obtain a complete list of what should be included in your kit

  • Below is a basic list of supplies you may need in an emergency:

 

4. Maintain Your Plan

  • Quiz

  • Drill

  • Restock

  • Test

 

​Disaster Supplies Kit

A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items a family would probably need to stay safe and be more comfortable during and after a disaster. Disaster supplies kit items should be stored in a portable container as close as possible to the exit door. Review the contents of your kit at least once per year or as your family needs change. Also, consider having emergency supplies in each vehicle and at your place of employment.

 

  • Three-day supply of nonperishable food and manual can opener

  • Three-day supply of water (one gallon of water per person, per day)

  • Portable, batter-powered radio or TV and extra batteries

  • Flashlight and extra batteriesFirst aid kit and manual

  • Sanitation and hygiene items (hand sanitizer, moist towelettes, and toilet paper).

  • Matches in waterproof container

  • Whistle

  • Extra clothing and blankets

  • Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils

  • Photocopies of identification and credit cards

  • Cash and coins

  • Special needs items such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solution, and hearing aid batteries

  • Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.

  • Tools, pet supplies, a map of the local area, and other items to meet your unique family needs.

 

​If you live in a cold climate, you must think about warmth. It is possible that you will not have heat during or after a disaster. Think about your clothing and bedding needs. Be sure to include one set of the following for each person:

 

  • Jacket or coat

  • Long pants and long sleeve shirt

  • Sturdy shoes

  • Hat, mittens, scarf

  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket

Supplies for your vehicle include:

 

  • Flashlight, extra batteries, and maps

  • First aid kit and manual

  • White distress flag

  • Tire repair kit, booster/jumper cables, pump, and flares

  • Bottle water and non-perishable foods such as granola bars

  • Seasonal supplies: Winter-blanket, hat, mittens, shovel, sand, tire chains, windshield scraper, florescent distress flag; Summer-sunscreen lotion, shade item

Safety Tips

Caring for a seriously ill loved one at home can be intimidating and overwhelming.  With support, especially the support provided by our caregivers at Senior Care of North Texas, most situations can be managed.