They brought you into this world, took care of you, and nurtured you, but eventually your parents will get to the age where they themselves will require a little bit of help in order to live independently and safely in their own home. While there are circumstances where it might simply be unwise for your elderly parents to remain on their own, there are lots of situations where things can be done to allow them to live independently for much longer than might otherwise be possible. With that said, here are some tips to keep your elderly parents safe while at home.
- Consult the Experts
In order to know exactly how to go about making your parents’ home safe, you should consult a professional such as an occupational therapist. Such a professional can go through your parents’ home and then make recommendations about helping your parents to safely stay in their home. The professional might make recommendations such as installing a ramp, fortifying the doors, installing a railing in the shower, getting a home security system, getting rid of certain things, or rearranging some furniture.
- Home Security System
While a good home security system will benefit people of all ages, there are specific features that will serve your elderly parents particularly well. Home security systems can be purchased that include a medical alert system. Such a system ensures that in the event of a medical emergency, the security system’s monitoring service can be reached with the push of a button, so that the appropriate responders can be alerted.
- Get Them Help
Even if you live with your parents and can help them around the house, it makes sense to enlist the assistance of professional service providers, so that someone can be around when you need to do things such as run errands, or simply to give you a break. If your elderly parents live alone in their own home, makes even more sense to get them help from time to time. Whether they need assistance with cleaning, doing chores, cooking, taking medication or even bathing and getting dressed, they may be able to remain somewhat independent in their own homes if they can get some help.
Yes, it is possible to keep your elderly parents safe at home well into their golden years. First things first, however, ensure that you get a good house security system in place to fortify their home and to keep them safe and sound.