Elderly Home Safety

The responsibility of taking care of your elderly parents either at their home or yours requires money, financial capability, and physical effort.  Before the need arises, adult children should already have heart-to-heart discussions with their parents about these in order to avoid unnecessary problems.   There should be a proper planning on how to take care of your parents whether it will be at their home or yours.  Even loving your parents too much can sometimes be overpowered by the stress given in taking care of elderly parents.   Understanding the steps in taking care of your elderly parents will lighten the load. 


 

Check for safety of the home

Do your inspection for possible hazards at home.   Assess areas where the elderly might have difficulty with like loose rugs, cluttered furniture, or even the stairs.  Make sure that the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in functioning.  If these detectors are not present in your or you or your parents’ home, make sure that you have them installed.   Electrical wiring should be tucked safely in order to prevent unnecessary dangers. 

 

Design/Arrange the Bathroom To Accommodate Elderly Parents

Grab bars and non-skid strips or pads should be installed for added security in the bathtub or shower.  Grab bars help prevent possible falls or slips.  Bathroom rugs should be fastened to the floor with tacks, anti-skid strips or other fasteners.  Bathroom electrical appliances should be unplugged and should be kept away from water sources. 

 

Install Nightlights

Elderly people relate differently with the intensity of light.  Nightlights should be installed at strategic locations around the house that include your parents’ bedroom and the hallway outside the bedroom for safe travelling towards the bathroom at night.  The bathroom , kitchen, and living areas should also have installed nightlights. 

 

Provide Parents With Ways To Communicate: Including Medic Alert or Other Senior Alert Systems

Parents should be provided with easy communication tools that they can use during emergencies.  Their bedroom should have a telephone or call monitor for ease in communicating with caregivers and other family members.  Provide them with cellphones and have emergency phone numbers readily installed.  Regularly check your parents regularly in a day to make sure that they are doing okay.  Request next door neighbors and friends to regularly check your parents if you are away.  Provide people who take care of your parents with emergency phone list of doctors and other people who might be needed during an emergency.  Include vital medical information about your parents. For elderly parents who may have a hard time moving around, a medica alert or another alert system">Senior Alert System may be necessary.

 

Set up a Schedule Among Family And Friends

Your mom and dad have different daily appointments like routine check-up with the family doctor, buying of medicines or picking up prescriptions, grocery shopping, and going to church for worship.  You should set up a schedule with family members or friends to help them in their appointments.  Doing all of these may drain one member emotionally, physically, and financially, thus cooperation among the family members is needed.  If more than these are needed like ambulating, you can consider hiring a health service aid worker (Wang, 2011)

 

Keep An Accurate Record Of All Medical Conditions and Medications

Most elderly people have multiple problems with their medical conditions.  You should be knowledgeable as to which physician to communicate with in case of the different medical conditions.  You parents’ hearing, vision, memory, and mobility might be affected.  Some elderly people are capable of functional skills like bathing, food preparation, dressing, toileting and others but still be sure that you are always be prepared for the unforeseen circumstances.

 

Prepare their medications

Your elderly folks might be confused with all the multiple medications that they have to take.  You should help them by purchasing weekly or daily pill boxes so they will be able to receive the proper dosages, or better yet, be the one to assist them in drinking the medicine (Pope, 2011).


 

Design a Meal Plan To Accommodate Their Aging Needs

The desire to eat can sometimes wane when one gets old.  Your aging parents might feel  this way and you need to plan their meals in order to make these an enjoyable one.  You can subscribe to gourmet senior meal plans to perk up the food interests of your parents.  You can also opt to enrol your parents in a “golden age club” so they can both nourish their bodies with food while their relationships with friends will nourish their souls.  “Meals on Wheels” can motivate your senior parents who are shut-ins and who are bedridden. 


 

Anticipate And Plan For Financial Expenses

Taking care of your elderly parents will entail that you pay for a few services.  According to a Metlife Mature Market analysis, the cost of the average national home healthcare aid to assist with medication and hygiene is $19 per hour.  This expense is not covered under the policy of Medicare unless they need assistance due to their chronic condition.  An average of $61 per day is the cost of adult day care.  You have to know the benefits that your local area provides for people who are elderly (Baldauf, 2011).

It will also be a smart move if you get to know yours and your parents’ financial status in order to obtain better care for your parent.  You must know your financial capacity if some equipment of kind of health care is not covered by their medical insurance.  Familiarize and be knowledgeable of what is and what is not covered in their insurance policies.  Add to your knowledge also what Medicare and Medicaid covers too.  Include geriatric, power of attorney, advanced directives, or do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders in understanding the financial aspects of these. 

 

Keep Your Parents Engaged By Socializing

As the popular adage says, “No man is an island,”  your parents also need to be fed with their emotional and social needs.   Make sure that you engage your parents in joining community activities and encourage them to be part of gatherings in different social groups that cater to the seniors.  If your parents have lost the drive to socialize in such gatherings, you can always drive them to the park or the museum.  Keep them mentally alert and let them enjoy the scenery provided by nature.

 


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References

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http://safety-care.com/blog/blog1.php/health-articles/15-ways-to-take-care-of-your-elderly-parents

Home Safety for Elderly Parents. (n.d.) Retrieved from http://elderkind.com/home-safety-for-elderly-parents/

Pope, M. (2011). How to Keep Your Elderly Parents Safe. Retrieved from http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2997146/how_to_keep_your_elderly_parents_safe_pg3.html?cat=5

Wang, D. (2011). How to Take Care of Elderly Parents at Home.  Retrieved from

http://www.livestrong.com/article/73620-care-elderly-parents-home/#ixzz1PoFu3oCQ

Wang, D. (2011). Factors of In-Home Care for Elderly Parents. Retrieved from    

http://www.livestrong.com/article/225113-factors-of-in-home-care-for-elderly-parents/#ixzz1PoBsE7Vf