Samantha’s mother had recently mixed up an important medication and her balance wasn’t that great lately. She was shuffling more than walking and using her furniture as support. Samantha and her siblings were concerned about her safety living alone.
Fortunately, the dog walker stopped by each afternoon and reported to Samantha on her mother’s condition. But Samantha still worried because her mother spent a lot of hours alone, and there’s a lot that can happen.
Forgotten medications, confusion, loss of balance, there are plenty of things to worry about when your aging parents live on their own. If you’re in this position, you’re probably looking for ways to help.
2 Ways to Help Your Aging Parents Stay in Their Home
There are plenty of aging parents who appear to be in good health and spirits, yet you still worry. After all, some still insist on doing everything themselves and that can lead to an accident. However, with a few precautions, you can reduce risks.
Practice Preventive Maintenance
Watch your parents as they move around their home.
Are there slippery rugs, hard to reach items high on shelves, or dark corners? Talk with your parents about making their home safer and add lighting, remove rugs or carpets, and re-arrange cabinets as needed.
If you have the sort of parent who’s likely to break out the ladder and decide to clean the gutters on a Spring-like Tuesday afternoon, try to be proactive by doing it for them before it needs to be done. Likewise, help them with cleaning ceiling fan blades and cabinet tops to prevent bouts of “do-it-itis” that requires balancing on stepladders, chairs, or counters.
It’s tough to think of everything, yet, being proactive can help prevent accidents and give you peace of mind.
Get Advent Security
If your parents are in the Greater Philadelphia area of Bucks, Montgomery, or Chester counties, our partner alarm.com has a wellness component specifically designed to help elderly parents remain in their homes.
Wellness Insights received an innovative technology award. Consumer Electronics Show (CES) just awarded alarm.com a 2019 CES Innovation Award. Wellness Insights & Wellcam track behaviors like doors opening at odd hours, if your parent has been in or out of bed for an unusually long time, and not taking medication at the appropriate time.
Cyndi Miller, the General Manager of Advent Security Corporation, said this about her experience with the wellness platform.
“My family learned firsthand the benefit of the alarm.com wellness platform. My mother was having issues with home health aides and health and care in her home. My family and I were able to look in to see that she was okay, was being taken care of properly, and track how many times per night she was getting out of bed. It was a crucial part of her care plan.”
What would it feel like to know that you could keep an eye on your parents while you’re at work or going about your day? Would it be helpful? Discover if Wellness Insights would be a good fit for your family.
Simple precautions like these can improve your parents’ quality of life and help them maintain their independence longer.