Keeping Mom In Her Home

Biggest Challenge: Keeping Mom In Her Home

Response from DM:

Remaining at home is the wish of almost every senior. To help make this a possibility, look at your mother’s home with fresh eyes as though you are walking through it for the first time. Look for any safety issues and potential hazards. Ask yourself, is the lighting adequate? Make sure to double-check at night, when you don’t have the benefit of sunlight. Is the electricity and plumbing up to code? Are there any frayed wires, or wires laid across the floor or under rugs? Are there safety railings in the bathroom and other necessary areas of the home? Is there clutter or debris that needs to be cleared? Checking the entire home also includes the garage, basement, attic, stairwells, and walkways. My book, Elder Care Made Easier, goes into more detail. Walk around with a pad and pen and write out a checklist, so that you can keep track of anything that comes to your attention. Have your mom walk through the house with you, so she can tell you about anything you may have missed. The next step will be to deal with each item, either on your own, or by hiring someone if the job is more involved. This is an area where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The effort will be well worth it.

Sincerely,

Dr. Marion

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