Your parents have been getting older and you’ve been helping them more and more frequently. You live close enough that it doesn’t seem to be a major problem for you to stop by every once in a while and assist them in taking out the garbage, doing some yard work, taking them to the store to go shopping, and more.
You don’t consider yourself a caregiver, even though that is very well what you’ve become. One thing that concerns you as of late, though, is their safety. They’ve remarked about how some people have come to their door, trying to sell certain items, sharing information about one organization or another, and so on.
You worry that they are not as discerning in their older years as they were when you were a child. You also worry about your father wandering off in the evening and getting lost. You think keyed deadbolts are the solution. After all, without a key, neither one of them would be able to get out of the house. Perhaps your father has dementia, which can include Alzheimer’s. At the moment, he’s doing okay, especially with the support of your mother, you, and others, but wandering is certainly a concern.
Even though you’re worried about their safety, this could be a major problem.
Having keyed deadbolts may seem like a wonderful idea to keep your father from wandering off and keep them safer from strangers who may wish to cause them harm, but who has the key?
The key should be in an easily accessible location. It should be easy to find and close to each and every door that has a keyed deadbolt in it.
Talk about a worst case scenario.
What would happen in the event that a fire broke out in the house? What if your father was alone and couldn’t find the keys to unlock any of the doors? That could become a life-threatening situation quickly.
Yes, keyed deadbolts may seem like a wonderful idea as a short-term solution when concerned about wandering or people breaking into their house, but if you are truly concerned about wandering issues and other similar situations, monitoring systems, home security systems with cameras and possibly even motion sensors, may be a safer option to consider.
You may also sit down and talk to them about hiring a home care aide to help. This may not be something they think they need right now, but it can be a great asset in the months and years ahead.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Medford, NJ, please contact Always There In Home Health Care at 856-409-5978.
As a family owned and run home care company she had to make several big decisions, whether to invest in a franchise or explore other options?
For Mariela after reviewing the restrictions and cost’s associated with a franchise the decision was easy the care she wanted to offer her clients should not be based on monthly franchise payment it should be based on the client’s needs.
At Always There we only hire the most qualified caregivers and in order to do that we offer an excellent starting salary. We would rather pay caregivers then a franchise company.
Mariela as the owner of Always There and unlike other owners of home care agencies, she visits every client first. We believe that if the owner cannot take the time to visit a family wanting to discuss home care for their loved then they don’t deserve the privilege of caring for that person.
As a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Certified Senior Advisor Mariela and her team of certified caregivers have provided care to families throughout south Jersey with over 60% of our clients requesting live-in care.
When deciding if homecare is right for you and your family be sure to consider the number of years a company/office has in the industry, whether or not the owners make themselves personally available 24 hours 7 days a week and most important do they only employ certified professionals to care for your loved one. After all They deserve it.