Taking care of a senior loved one can be trying, especially if they live on their own. Many worry about them constantly during times they can't be by their parent's side. As November is National Family Caregiver Month, many are rethinking their current caregiving responsibilities in order to create a new plan that will benefit everyone involved.
According to HR.BLR.com, many caregivers are looking into moving a senior into their home in order to keep a better watch over them. Some seniors may not take well to this initial conversation as they may view it as their children trying to strip them of their independence. However, by assuring them that they will have their own space and that they will no longer need to worry about the upkeep of their home, they may soon agree to the move.
Making sure a loved one has their own room, telephone, television and – if possible – bathroom, can help them uphold their independence. As bathrooms can be danger zones, caregivers will need to update the one a senior uses by installing hand rails in the shower and near the toilet as well as removing any floor mats or other falling hazards.
As family members still need to work, leaving seniors alone for numerous hours each day, installing a medical alert system into the home may further keep a seniors safe. This device allows them to call for help instantly, should an emergency arise.