Old age is just like childhood! Once when we were babies, we were helpless and vulnerable. We needed constant vigil, care and protection from pitfalls, wounds and injuries. As we grow older, our parents age and they develop various problems like Alzheimer’s disease (dementia), arthritis, blood pressure and diabetes. Today, it’s our turn to love, care, protect and supervise our aging and vulnerable parents.
Why We Should Care
Now, we are in control of ourselves because our parents brought us up making sure we were comfortable and safe. Therefore, it is only right that we make sure our parents are well cared for in their old age. There are some basic things to look out for, especially if you have decided to take your parents into your home. You must make some major and minor changes to ensure that they feel safe with you.
1. Assess the house to know which room will be most cozy and comfortable for your parents. If they cannot climb stairs then arrange a room down stairs. This will eliminate risks of accidental falls and keep your parents safe.
2. Make sure there are no harmful objects around the house. Look out for sharp corners and out-of-place furniture that your parents can bump into. Never leave shoes and slippers in the doorway. You never know when your parents may have a bad fall due to carelessness on your part. If you have kids in the house, talk to them about the importance of making sure your parents are safe during their stay with you.
3. Install light switches that are easy to reach for your parents. It is important to make sure the house is well wired and lighted, even at night so that they can walk without getting hurt in the dark. With age parents tend to lose vision and need lights to help them walk safely.
4. Install an intercom, pager, phone line or get them a personal alert device. This will be a great relief for your parents (especially if they are disabled or if you have to leave them alone at home while you go to work). Whenever they need your help they can give you a call without any worries. You should save emergency contact numbers in the device to make sure they are safe at all times. You can also call them up at regular intervals to make sure they are fine.
5. Install handrails and bars along staircases or the walls where your parents will be walking most of the time. Also install grab bars in the washroom to help them stand and walk safely.
About the author:
Andy has been working in the healthcare industry distributing patient slings and mobility equipment. Over the last 4 years, Andy has written numerous articles on elderly aids and healthcare.