Tightening Up Safety in Your Home for Aging Parents
By Laura McElroy

Senior living these days is all about independent living. Certainly, retirement homes or communities are generally safe places, but what about if you have your elderly parents living with you? How do you go about securing your home so that your loved ones are safe? 

Medic Alerts 

Whatever stage your parents have reached in the aging process, there are positive changes you can make to improve their quality of life. There was a time when people used to be self-conscious about medical bracelets, but today there is absolutely no excuse for not wearing one as they’re trendy, attractive and lightweight. 

Water- and shock-resistant watches come with certain medical features and can also be programmed to trigger an alarm at the time the elderly person’s medication is due to be taken.  

For instance, when you press the alert function, the wearer’s medical condition is displayed plus their blood type. You can include any other information you think may be important because the watches can be programmed.  

Good health cover

It’s not easy taking care of your aging parents, and as a caregiver, it can lead to emotional and financial stress. That is why it is imperative that they have health insurance as the cost of care can be massively expensive.

But where and what plans? Medisupps is an independent agency that helps those in the US to source the medical insurance they need. Medisupps was formed by Russell Noga to help those who are 65 and older get the lowest premiums from the market’s most trusted carriers. 

Medicare supplement Plan G is a popular supplemental insurance plan for today’s seniors as it offers good cover with lower premiums than other plans. Plan G offers some worthwhile savings for the elderly. Medicare pays first, then Medicare Plan G pays the rest. 

Bathroom blues

The bathroom can be dangerous for people with mobility issues, let alone if you are also elderly. Often the elderly have balance issues and are susceptible to falls and other bathroom injuries. Slippery showers and floors, as well as missing grab bars, can make it impossible for seniors to use the bathroom facilities on their own. 

If you’re trying to assist an elderly person, there are some simple things you can do to improve safety in the bathroom. Install grab bars as well as non-slip mats. Perhaps you can even lower your water heater’s thermostat to reduce the risk of scalding. Also, make sure that all essential toiletry items are within your aging parent’s reach. 

Alzheimer protection 

Not only do more advanced alert systems have fall detection, but there are also options with GPS tracking capabilities that allow family members to track the whereabouts of seniors with Alzheimer’s. Wandering is such a dangerous activity associated with Alzheimer’s disease as the person can become lost and confused and even injured. Family can locate them if they wander off. These systems actually compile information about the wearer’s behavior and movements. Because it also tracks movements and heart rate, for instance, it allows caregivers to have certain information on the elderly person when they are unable to communicate. These are also lightweight and water-resistant.  

General safety 

There are several easy safety modification tips you can apply in your home to make it that much safer for your elderly loved ones. Simply review your home and bring changes where needed. Check out rugs where edges curl up, keep all foot traffic areas open and clear, light up dark areas and work out an emergency escape plan in case of fire. Remember that falls are the leading cause of death in the home, and it is, therefore, important to check your home over with this in mind. 

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