You worry about your mother. Ever since your father passed away a few years ago she has refused a lot of help. You and your siblings have offered assistance, but you are the one who lives closest to her. However, she just doesn’t seem to take her safety very seriously and that has been a point of contention between the two of you for some time.
There are numerous safety hazards that surround people on a daily basis. Sometimes it’s easy to see them from an outside perspective, but when you are in the midst of these challenges, it’s not always easy to see or admit what’s happening.
Encouraging a senior to be more proactive about their safety could be a process. There are a few ideas and thoughts you may wish to share with your mother (or other senior family member) to help them understand how safety is compromised as a result of their age.
Don’t let strangers into the home.
When seniors live alone, they may become lonely and, as a result, may have a tendency to answer the phone and get engaged in a conversation with telemarketers. Many of the better telemarketers are extremely skilled at convincing people to stay on the line, listen to their sales pitch, and start to believe they can’t survive without whatever product or service is being pitched to them.
Also, when seniors live alone, they may have a tendency to be more willing to let somebody they don’t know into their home, especially if they look as though they are official, professional, and business oriented. Your mother should never let anyone into her home whom she doesn’t know.
Avoid giving out any personal information.
If your mother answers the phone and gives up personal information, there’s no guarantee the person calling is legitimate. They could call saying they were from her bank and needed her to verify her account information. This is a common scam. No utility company or financial institution is going to call clients asking for their personal information.
This may seem to be unrelated to safety, but if your mother has money stolen from her account or her identity stolen it could be a financial mess that takes years to resolve and, without access to her own money, that could dramatically impact safety.
Encourage her to be honest about slips and falls.
Some people will avoid talking about incidences that occur, especially if they believe it’s only going to lead to other discussions. Encourage your mother to talk openly and honestly about accidents and other mishaps that occur. Avoid the temptation to immediately jump on the home care bandwagon every time an incident occurs, but rather support her emotionally, talk about things she could do without fear and concern, and then transition into home care options.
Home care is one of the best ways to keep seniors safer within their own home.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Perth Amboy, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care of New Brunswick today. Call (732) 607-8870.