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Home Safety Items for a Parent Who Lives Alone

By HIlary and Greg Eldridge

When your mom or dad lives alone, it's stressful on them but also on you. If you live hours away, you have to trust someone will notice if something is wrong with their home or them. You hate the idea of your mom or dad lying on the floor waiting for someone to notice they haven't been up and about recently.

Look Into a Medic Alert System

One way to get some peace of mind is to purchase and set up a medic alert system in your parent's house. Focus on the things that worry you. If your mom or dad could fall and lay there for days without anyone knowing, a medic alert with fall detection is a good idea.

You can also get systems with GPS tracking or extra range if your parent spends a lot of time in a backyard garden. The bracelets or necklaces can be worn in the shower. If help is needed, a push of the button is all it takes to reach a dispatcher who can send police, fire, or rescue or call you to see how to handle it.

Check Common Fall Risks

Look around the home for things that are known to cause falls. Loose railings, broken tiles, slippery bathroom floors, and torn carpeting are some of the issues. Check the lighting in entries, hallways, and stairs. Install grab bars near the tub/shower and toilet if they're not already in place.

Here are some home safety tips you and your parents should talk about. With the right plan in place, you'll have peace of mind knowing. Plus, they don't have to worry about being lonely or alone.

Install Security Cameras

Security cameras help you see if your parents are up and about. Some cameras alert you if someone is at the door. With the intercoms, you can talk to the person at the door using your phone and the camera's app. You can also use the security cameras with intercom features to remind your parents to take medications or make sure they have a coat on before they leave the house in cooler weather.

Hire Home Care Providers

Caregivers are another way to keep your parent safe. Make arrangements to have someone stop by each day, a few days a week, or even once a week. You can ask for those check-ins to increase in extremely hot or cold weather. A home care agency is happy to answer your questions about caregivers and provide you with more information about rates and services.

If you or an aging loved one is considering hiring caregivers in Marietta, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.