Independence Home Health has a Supervisor on call 24 hours a day.
You can reach the Supervisor by calling 239-673-5114
If the Supervisor has not called you back within 30 minutes, you may call our back up emergency number 239-233-1427.
In case of a serious medical emergency, please call 911
Independence Home Health does not operate as an emergency service; therefore valuable time may be lost by contacting the agency for a serious emergency such as diabetic coma, severe chest pain, unconsciousness, excessive bleeding, among others.
Emergency Shelter Contact Information:
Collier County Emergency Management Department
8075 Lely Cultural Parkway
Naples, FL 34113
Phone Number: 239-252-3600
Lee County Emergency Management Department
2665 Ortiz Ave.
Ft. Myers, FL 33905
Phone Number: 239-533-3622
Fax Number: 239-477-3636
Charlotte County Emergency Management Department
26571 Airport Road
Punta Gurda, FL 33982
Sarasota County Emergency Management Department
1660 Ringling Blvd., 6th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236
2200 Ne Roan Street
Hendry/Glades County Emergency Management
P.O. Box 2340
LaBelle, Fl. 33975
Emergency Preparedness - Preparing for a Shelter
Please remember that in the event of a state of emergency, hospitals will only accept the acutely ill individual. Other facilities will be made available for those needing skilled nursing care and health care professionals will be on hand. Family members should not plan to admit their relatives to a hospital unless they meet admission criteria.
If you are asked to leave your home, do so as soon as possible.
Before you leave for a shelter:
•Have a good meal
•Turn off electricity at the fuse box (to prevent possible fire)
•Turn off water at the main line
•Turn off gas if you have gas water heater or stove
Bring the following items to a shelter:
•Cot, blanket and pillow or sleeping bag
•Food (snacks) for at least the first 24 hours
•Personal items: medications, eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures, special diet foods, toiletries, battery operated radio, baby foods and diapers (if appropriate)
•First aid kit
•Flashlight and extra batteries
•Cards, games, books
•Identification and valuable papers (insurance policies, etc.)
Reserve a place in your home for emergency supplies where they will be easy to find. Every household should assemble a disaster supply kit and keep it up to date.
Manual can opener
Canned or packaged foods, milk, beverages
Two week supply of non-perishable foods
Two week supply of prescription medications and medication list
Baby foods, diapers and formula
First aid kit
Battery operated radio with extra batteries
Chafing dish –NEVER USE A CHARCOAL GRILL INSIDE THE HOME
Candles for chafing dish
Sterno stove & fuel
Boxes of baking soda
Water for drinking purposes – allow for at least 1 gallon per person per day
Water purification tablets (purchased at a pharmacy)
Garbage bags for disposal of refuse, and for storage and protection of items
Rope (100) feet and cord
Plywood ¾ inch panels to fit window
Photocopies of identification and credit cards
When the emergency is over your caregiver and the office will attempt to contact you by phone and when it is safe for staff members to be on the roads, they will make home visits to patients.
Emergency Preparedness - Preparing Your Home
Fill glass/plastic containers for drinking and cooking supply. Fill bathtub for personal washing and for the commode. The toilet and hot water tanks are extra sources of water. Many use hand sanitizer to cleanse hands in the event of limited fresh water.
•Clear refrigerator of all perishable foods
•Set dial on coldest setting
•Fill empty spaces with plastic bags of ice cubes or with bags of frozen water
•Keep door closed – a refrigerator stays cold for many hours if not opened
•Eat perishable foods first like fruits and vegetables
Paper plates Plastic knives
Paper napkins Plastic spoons
Paper towels Trash bags
Plastic forks Can opener
Canned / Prepared Foods:
•Meats: ham, beef, bacon, Vienna sausage, hot dogs
•Poultry: chicken (boned/whole), turkey
•Fish: tuna, sardines, salmon
•Soups: any kind
•Stews: beef, chili, spaghetti, ravioli
•Juices: vegetable (V-8, tomato), fruit (grape, apple, grapefruit, cranberry)
•Vegetables: potatoes, green beans, beets (can be used in a salad or with dressing)
Dry / Instant Foods:
•Beverages: coffee, tea, cocoa, Kool-Aid, nonfat powdered milk, package drinks
•Cereals: individual packets of oatmeal, grits, cream of wheat
•Snacks: crackers, cookies, candies, nuts
•Sweeteners: sugar packets, Equal, Sweet-n-Low, or other substitute
•Breads: white, wheat, rye
•Jars: cheese spread, peanut butter, jelly, jams, and preserves
•Tools: hammer and wood nails, saw, ax, crowbar, screwdriver with pliers, duct and masking tape
•Storm shutters or window protection
•Extra cash (banks will not issue cash if electricity is out)
•A full tank of gas in your vehicle. Remember, it is always best to be prepared in advance!
•Check condition of vehicle tires and verify adequate tire pressure
Most accidents in the home can be prevented by the elimination of hazards.
. Pick up floor rugs
. Quickly wipe up spills
. Put non-skid footing in tube, on tub transfer stool and handrails
. Stairs may need ramps or secure old railing
. Keep stairways clear and lighted
. Use night lights Hazard Communications:
. Read label WARNINGS to know danger, precautions for safe use, storage and disposal
. Keep hazardous chemicals in properly labeled containers, away from food, medicines, and children’s curiosity
. Keep hands dry, no dampness near wiring or appliances. Keep away from tubs and sinks.
. Use 3-wire plugs to prevent shock in case of electric “fault”
. Follow all instructions
. Store medicines as instructed
. Dispose of unused, expired, or hazardous medications
. Call a health care provider if side effects or new symptoms occur
(Always notify MD/RN if dose is missed.)
. Pre-plan how to get help in emergency. Keep phone numbers: fire, police, ambulance, doctor, family and nursing agency visually available
Home Oxygen Use:
. Quit smoking and place no smoking signs
. Keep all flames away from O2 container
. Plan escape route
. Have fire extinguisher and check annually
. Have smoke detectors and change batteries twice a year
. Wash hands often. Wear gloves when required. Never let medical wastes or house trash pile up
. Prevent food spoilage – refrigerate, throw out old, molded food
. Cover food, clean up, have trash cans emptied regularly
. Dispose of all needles (medical waste) in hard plastic or metal container and secure lid with heavy duty tape
*Everyone must wash hands:
• before handling or eating food
• after using toilet or changing a diaper
• touching pets, money, uncooked food
• coughing, sneezing, or blowing nose
• touching nose, eyes, or mouth
*Caregivers must additionally wash hands
• before and after giving care- even if they wear gloves
Hand washing needs to be done frequently and correctly: Remove jewelry; use warm water and soap (liquid soap is best); hold your hands down so water flows away from your arms; scrub for at least 10-15 seconds (30 seconds recommended), making sure you clean under your nails and between your fingers. Dry your hands with a clean paper towel and use a new paper towel to turn off the faucet. Apply hand lotion after washing to help prevent and soothe dry skin. If soap and water is unavailable, personal hand sanitizer liquid is an appropriate alternative for keeping hands clean and preventing the spread of germs.
Washing your hands is the single most important step in controlling the spread of infection.
• The most common respiratory illnesses are caused by the flu and the “common cold” viruses. Some forms of pneumonia can also be spread from person to person especially in crowded settings.
• Many of the germs that cause respiratory illness are spread by coughing and sneezing.
To reduce your risk of respiratory illness, follow these simple steps:
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and dispose of used tissue in waste containers.
• Perform hand hygiene as described in Hand Hygiene section.
• Stand or sit at least 3 feet from other persons if possible.
• Use a mask if coughing (when a mask can be tolerated).
• Avoid coughing into your hands- use a tissue or cough into your elbow or shoulder.
• Avoid sharing personal items such as utensils or toothbrushes.
Some people have germs that can be harmful to others. These germs can be spread when people touch you or your environment, or when you touch others. Below are some precautions to take while you are at home if your physician places you on contact precautions.
• Anyone that helps you with your personal hygiene or with going to the toilet should wash their hands after contact with you.
• Wash your hands before any meal preparation.
• Wash your hands well after using the toilet.
• You may wash your laundry with the rest of the household laundry.
• No special cleaning of furniture or items in the home is required. Routine cleaning with household disinfectants is sufficient.
• Always share with your physician, nurse, or other health care provider that you have an infection requiring contact precautions.
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