Rockwall Meals on Wheels offers help with disaster preparedness planning for seniors and their caregivers

Meals on Wheels  partners with the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging to provide caregiver support when preparing for natural disasters

Free webinar offered May 25

ROCKWALL, TX (May 4, 2023) Disaster is defined as a serious disruption to the functioning of a community that exceeds its capacity to cope using its own resources. Shelves are always stripped bare when a disaster strikes as a result of panic. Imagine that you are a caregiver for a senior during a disaster, what is your plan for yourself and the senior you are caring for?

No one wants to be vulnerable or unprepared. Preparedness ensures physical safety and peace of mind for both the senior and the caregiver. Meals on Wheels Senior Services of Rockwall County (MOWSS) partners with the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging to provide caregiver support when preparing for natural disasters. Preparing a plan with your senior during a disaster is critical, however, formulating a plan before a disaster strikes is optimal.

MOWSS provides emergency boxes of shelf stable food to its clients six times a year in anticipation of times when volunteer drivers may not be able to reach them due to unforeseen circumstances. MOWSS also offers a range of information and educational materials of tips and tools for family caregivers and information on agencies and organizations which provide caregiver support. Contacting MOWSS is the first step towards seeking support and making a plan for the caregiver’s needs and those of the person(s) they are caring for in all instances, planned and unplanned.

For information on a free, online event called Disaster Preparedness for Caregivers set for 10 to 11 a.m. May 25, 2023, visit https://familycaregiversonline.net/event/disaster-preparedness-for-caregivers/

For more information, call Meals on Wheels Senior Services of Rockwall County, 972-771-9514.

Information provided by Meals on Wheels Senior Services of Rockwall County and North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging. The North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging serves adults age 60 and older and their family caregivers who live in Collin, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, and Wise counties. Their mission is to create and maintain a coordinated network of health and social services for older adults and family caregivers. They provide services and resources that help older adults maximize their quality of life and live as independently as possible. By providing information, education, and direct services, they help individuals meet basic needs and make informed decisions. Contact one of their staff members, or call 800-272-3921.