Medical emergencies such as illnesses and injuries are something every family wants to avoid. Besides possible risks of death or disability, medical emergencies are also incredibly expensive. Even a few hours inside an ER will already cost you hundreds of dollars. So, for something more serious, you’ll likely need thousands of dollars.
That’s why it’s best to plan for emergencies or any medical issues to ensure your family’s safety and your ability to pay off medical bills.
How to Create an Emergency Plan
Creating an emergency plan for your family should be a top priority. We’ll never know when we’ll need it, so we have to be fully prepared as soon as possible.
Get your whole family involved. Most of the steps in an emergency plan should be accessible even to the kids in case you get in trouble, or you’re not there when it happens. Make them understand the gravity of emergencies and why they need to act quickly.
With all of that said, what do you need to do to create an emergency plan?
Consider Everyone’s Medical Needs
Check everyone’s medical history.
Does anyone in the family have seizures, asthma, heart problems, or anything that can be considered an emergency? If so, make sure you create a plan that covers all of these problems. Or you can also create individual plans for each issue.
Make sure you also include mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, panic disorders, PTSD, and more.
Have a Complete First-Aid Kit
This is a simple step, but something that many overlooks.
Although most homes have medicine cabinets, they aren’t usually filled with everything the family needs. Besides medicines, make sure you also have everything needed to treat injuries and wounds. Antiseptics and bandages would help.
If someone in the family requires special medication, make sure you have them ready in case they need it. For a complete list of what you can stock at home, you can ask your physician.
Always Have Your Details and Important Contacts
Each family should always carry personal details on their bags or wallets. It includes your names, home address, emergency contact (have at least two contacts), blood type, all medications you’re in, medical problems, as well as your doctor’s number.
Besides these details, everyone in the family should also know the number to the nearest hospitals and clinics.
Invest in Medical Insurance
Find legitimate providers selling medical insurance and get it for your family. In case of medical emergencies, your insurance can protect you and your family. It can save you from worrying about where you’ll find money to bring them to the hospital. Instead of trying to take care of your loved one at home to avoid expenses, you can bring them to a facility for immediate attention.
There are different types of medical insurance policies, so make sure you understand its coverage well.
Planning for emergencies does not mean you want something to happen to your family. Regardless of how confident you are of their health, emergencies can still occur. But with proper planning, you’ll be able to feel more at ease knowing you’re prepared for any emergency.