your health care takes place in your home than anywhere else. Having the right
tools, medicines, supplies, and information on hand will improve the quality of
Self-care tools are the basic equipment of your
home health center. Store all your
self-care tools and supplies in a central location, such as a large drawer
in the bedroom or family room. Use the lists of tools and supplies in this
topic as checklists for keeping your home health center stocked. It's a good
idea to keep all your family's medical records in one place, such as in your
home health center. For information on organizing these records, see the topic
Home Medical Records.
Be familiar with the disaster preparation
and response plan for your area. Keep the appropriate supplies on hand. For
more information on preparedness and recommended supplies, see the topic
Terrorism and Other Public Health Threats.
If small children are around, keep your supplies
out of reach or stored in containers or cabinets with childproof safety