You spend a lot of time getting your dad’s house organized. Have you stopped to look at the supplies he has in his medicine cabinet? There are six things that every household should have. Check this list and make sure his cabinet has these vital supplies.
#1 – Antibiotic Ointment
A bottle of Neosporin or a generic version is a must for any cabinet. When your dad gets a scratch or cut, he should apply the ointment and follow it with a bandage. The medicine within the ointment does weaken over time, so keep an eye on the expiration date and buy a new tube when necessary.
#2 – Aspirin
One of the first things you’re told if you suspect someone is having a heart attack is to have them chew an aspirin. If there is no aspirin in the house, that’s hard to do. Keep a small bottle of aspirin in his cabinet just in case of an emergency. Check the expiration regularly and replace it when it is past date.
#3 – Blood Pressure Monitor
Purchase a blood pressure monitor and store it in your dad’s medicine cabinet. It’s handy to have if he has a dizzy spell or falls. You’ll know if his blood pressure is too high or too low. This enables you to decide if he needs to go to the ER for urgent care or if a trip to his doctor is all he needs.
#4 – Pepto Bismol
While Tums is often something every senior has in a cabinet, Pepto is overlooked. Not only does Pepto help with nausea and vomiting, but it also helps battle diarrhea. With dehydration being a risk of diarrhea, it’s important to keep Pepto Bismol on hand for a stomach bug or food poisoning.
#5 – Tiger Balm
Tiger Balm has camphor oil in it. If your dad suffers from back pain or aches and pains associated with arthritis, Tiger Balm is a must. It can help warm and alleviate the joint pain that makes it hard for your dad to get around.
#6 – Witch Hazel
Witch hazel has impressive anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal for seniors. It’s helpful as a treatment for hemorrhoids and also helps prevent swelling and bruising if your parent bumps a table or chair while walking through the living room. It’s also helpful at keeping mosquito and other bug bites from swelling.
As your dad ages, he needs to have someone checking in on him daily or weekly. You may not be available on a regular basis. Not only will he benefit from the companionship an elderly care professional provides, but he has help with activities of daily living. He’ll have someone on hand to drive him to the doctor, help him shop for groceries, and assist with housework. Call our elderly care agency to learn more.