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Making Home Safe for Mom and Dad

In caregiving on September 25, 2011 at 9:14 pm

There is so much to consider with aging parents. While it is a proven fact that people do so much better at home (happier, usually healthier, in most cases more cost-effective, etc) keeping them safe in their own home is one thing among many that needs to be considered. If they get up during the night to use the restroom can they safely navigate without suffering a fall? Once in the bathroom are the facilities user-friendly to them? If they need to clean themselves and bathe can they get in and out of the bath or shower without falling and/or injuring themselves?

We provide in-home safety evaluations to help keep your loved one safe from injuries. This is a free service with every new client we take. A written assessment is made and a report is provided to you with recommendations in areas that should be improved to ensure maximum safety at home. We can suggest certified and responsible contractors to do home safety alterations. A home safety evaluation is imperative no matter who you choose to do it, just make sure the evaluator is educated in elder safety.

While the goal should always be to keep your loved one at home if possible another consideration is the amount of supervision and assistance is required to allow them normal activities of daily living. Can they dress themselves independently? Can they prepare meals for themselves and clean up afterwards? Can they shop for themselves or get to their doctors appointments? What happens if they become ill or injured? Do they have someone who regularly looks in on them or makes daily contact? Do they wear a device that allows them to call for help if they are immobile and cannot get to a phone?

Thought also needs to be paid to the issue of socialization. Our loved ones need companionship. There are many options and the decision should always be made involving the loved one who is affected by this. These complex issues should involve the assistance of the individual’s physician if possible and there is much community support as well. Talk to professionals and weight all of your options before making any decision.

For more information on this topic please contact us at youre_first@yahoo.com or visit our website http://www.yourefirst.net for written material under the “brochure library” tab.

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