If you have an elderly family member that lives alone, chances are you want to make the home as safe as possible for your loved one. Here are some ways you can try to keep your beloved family member safe while you are not with them.
Making sure the home is in good repair is very important to ensuring elderly loved ones are safe at home. You can also add extra safety features such as railings, ramps, seating (especially in the shower). If your loved one lives in a multi-story home, it would be helpful to make sure that all essential items are on the first floor to avoid climbing stairs . For example, you may want to make sure that the laundry machines are not in the second floor of the home.
Be sure that there are working carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in the house, and check them regularly. There are special necklaces that elderly people can wear which can get them the help they need if an emergency arises and they cannot reach a phone. An engraved medical ID is also a good idea. These come in the form of a bracelet, necklace or even a USB drive that can be plugged in at the doctor’s office. It’s possible to list contact information, allergies and medications on these pieces of jewelry.
If you or your loved one can afford the cost, consider hiring someone to help out to reduce alone time and to get some of the chores done around the house. It is very important to do your research on these people and agencies before hiring someone to spend time alone with your elderly family member. Even when you think you have found the perfect help, be sure to stop by or check in at times when they are not expecting you.
Even under perfect conditions, someone who is aging could potentially fall or hurt themselves. It is important to regularly check in and visit your loved one to make sure that they are well.