Are you prepared for when you or a family member gets ill or hurts themselves in the home?
There are plenty of times when we get ill or injured, but the problem is not severe enough to warrant the help of the doctor or the hospital.
When this is the case, we should look after ourselves in our own homes.
But to do that, we will need a few healthcare essentials to help us to deal with the problems.
Here’s a shopping list for the healthcare essentials that you will need to take care of yourself and your family.
Setting Up Your Medicine Cabinet And First Aid Kit
Set up a medicine cabinet in your home and keep it well stocked with a few essential healthcare items.
The cabinet needs to be situated out of the reach of younger members of the household. To make sure children can’t get at the medicines, you will want to put the cabinet on the wall, high up.
Make sure that all of the medicines inside the cabinet are also in child-proof containers.
Stocking Up Your Medicine Cabinet
Once you have a home for your medicines, you should start looking at filling it. You can use this a shopping list for all of the basics that you should keep in.
- Painkillers; these should include paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen, and, if you have very young children you should keep in paracetamol for babies
- Antacids, diarrhea medicines
- Decongestants, cough sweets, and cough medicine.
You should keep the following first aid items in your medicine cabinet too:
- Triangle bandages
- Crepe bandages in a mixture of sizes
- Sticky tape and safety pins
- Scissors and tweezers
- A thermometer
- Eye pads and Eyewash
- Sterile gloves and Wipes
- Bite cream and Antiseptic cream
You may be tempted to store old prescription medications in the cabinet. You should make sure that you are not holding onto old prescription medications that you no longer need. If you no longer have the condition, then you shouldn’t still have the medication. You should certainly not keep the medication and give it to a family member to take if they get sick.
Keeping Your Medicine Cabinet and First Aid Kit Organized
Once you have all of your medicines and first aid items, you will want to set to work putting all of the items into the cabinet. Make sure that they are all stocked away neatly and in a logical order. You want to be able to find what you are looking for quickly.
Check the dates on all of your medications every month or two, just to make sure that they are still going to be good to use. If they reach their use-by dates, you should throw them away. Taking out of date medicines can be bad for you.
Replace any out of date medicines as they expire.
As you use medications or first aid items, you should also replace these too.