Monitoring Aging Loved Ones While You’re Away

By Pete Lane, 10:37 pm on

You’ve got to go to work and you just don’t know if your mother will stay put. Maybe you noticed the house needed cleaning and are concerned about your aging loved one’s abilities to perform daily tasks. Perhaps you live in another state and over the holidays, realized your parents might need extra care at home. Whatever the reason, you need a way to monitor your loved one without stepping on their toes.

  • Reach Out and CallWe often forget the impact a simple phone call can have. Aging parents and loved ones always welcome a cheerful hello and regular communications are a great way to make sure things are all right. Setting up a time to call during the day or week provides you with reassurance, without being too overbearing.
  • Alarming PossibilitiesThere are many home monitors, alarms and sensors that can help protect the safety and security of your elderly loved one. From alert systems that will allow the user to automatically speak to a 9-1-1 operator to fall monitors that can sense when a person may be injured, there are a variety of ways to ensure your loved one’s safety even when you are not there.
  • Setting Up a Check-In ScheduleTalk with other friends and family members to set up a schedule so that it doesn’t appear that any of you are hovering. One person can bring groceries over at a particular time, another can drop by for a visit, and a third can call a couple times a week.
  • Ask a Visitor to Drop-In – You can arrange to have people you trust stop by while you’re away, including Centennial hourly caregivers, housekeeping services or close friends. Not only will this serve as a check-in, visitors can provide companionship, an important component in healthy aging for seniors.
  • Take Advantage of New TechnologiesFrom GPS-enabled shoes, watches and slippers to wireless monitoring systems that monitor movements and analyzes long-term changes in routines, new technologies are making it easier for family members to track movement and thus the safety of their aging loved ones without physically dropping in.

Interested in other ways to enhance the safety of an aging parent or loved one at home? Visit www.centennialhomecareassistance.com today or contact a Home Care Assistance Care Manager directly at 303.957.3100.

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