Recent studies show that more than 25% of baby boomers are considered long-distance caregivers for their parents. These situations can be challenging, and while older adults may need grab bars there are many other considerations for long distance caregivers. In many cases, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Below are tips for keeping your loved ones safe:
Contact their friends, neighbors and acquaintances
Your aging parent probably has friends and neighbors with whom they are in contact on a regular basis. If you not know them, introduce yourself and share contact information. This way you can call and check in with them, and conversely they can call you should they notice any changes in your parent’s behavior or routine.
Many services like in-home care, concierge and handymen can be contacted to help mom or dad around the house. Not only can they get things done around the house, but also they can keep them from potentially dangerous situations where the aging loved one tries to do something his or her self.
Consider a medical alarm or medical alert too. These pendants are worn around the senior’s neck and readily available to call for help should the need arise. The monthly cost is affordable and provides peace of mind.
Organization at the House
It is imperative that your aging loved one has emergency contact information available at the ready should they need it or become confused. Equally important is to have emergency contact information available in the kitchen, fridge or behind the front door. This is where most emergency personnel look for such information to call family and friends of the loved one.
Depending on the state of your parents you may need to pursue the above discreetly as to not upset them. Many older Americans can be stubborn and are embarrassed by their failing mobility and health. Be respectful of their situation but don't let their stubbornness stop you from keeping them safe. If something happens you will be glad that you did.
If you are a long distance caregiver and do not have grab bars, handrails or other aids that facility your loved one's mobility then call Bruce at 610-393-6395.