Safety Tips for Mom and Dad Living Alone
Sometimes Mom and Dad aren’t ready to leave home, but you know as their caregiver that they aren’t equipped to be totally alone. What are you supposed to do? The fairest solution is to work with both parties to come to a solution that allows your aging loved ones to maintain their independence, while allowing you the peace of mind that they are safe.
The tips outlined below allow you to ease both your state of mind and your loved ones day-to-day lives.
Keep in Touch:
The first thing you can do is stay engaged with them. Check in regularly to see how they are doing and if they need anything or how they are doing, keeping an ear out for any cognitive issues or decline.
Keeping your parents safe in their homes is huge. From basic solutions to high-tech monitoring solutions the scope is unlimited.
For starters, you can sweep through and make the home as easy and accessible as possible. Keep the floors and surfaces clear of major obstacles rearrange furniture to that there is ample walking space and eliminate as many tripping hazards as possible. Install nightlights to minimize falling risks as well.
Label everything. Make your loved ones day to day easy by liberally applying sticky notes or labels on drawers, remotes, light switches, really any daily use appliance which they make lose track of.
Try to make the bathrooms as safe as possible. Install anti-scald faucets and overflow mechanisms for sinks and tubs.
Make sure there are auto shut offs for power and gas in areas like the kitchen. Also try to keep counters clear and shelves labeled and easily accessible.
Make sure that your loved ones are taking the right medications at the right times.
Plan Ahead for Emergencies
Make sure your loved ones have easy access to important phone numbers and a reliable phone system. Also have an established emergency plan in place. Know who should contact whom in any case of emergency.
At the end of the day, it is your loved ones decision to remain independent until as long as possible. Until then, all you can do is prepare and support them to the best of your ability.