You’re worried. She lives alone. She’s an hour or more away from you and other family members. If something happens, it would take time for emergency services to reach her. You don’t even know how long it would take before someone would know something was wrong if she fell.
There are ways to ensure your mom is able to age at home while also giving you peace of mind. These are the things you and your mom need to do.
Talk to Her Neighbors
Take the time to visit your mom. During that visit, talk to her closest neighbors. You should get a feeling if you could trust them in an emergency. If they seem trustworthy, give them your contact information. If something is wrong, you’ll be on someone’s contact list and get notified quickly.
If you find that the neighbors don’t even seem to know your mom or don’t seem interested in being responsible for contacting the family, that is their right. Move on to another neighbor. If no one is interested, you’ll need to shift your focus to other protective measures.
Enroll in a Medical Alert System
Enroll your mom in a medical alert system. If something happens, she is wearing a pendant or bracelet with a button she can push to summon help.
A medical alert system connects your mom to a dispatching team. The operator determines if it is a medical emergency that requires paramedics to be called or if your mom just needs a family member to stop by.
Some systems have fall detection that will call your mom over the system if she falls. If she doesn’t respond, emergency personnel would be dispatched. They also have GPS trackers that can locate your mom if she goes for a walk and doesn’t return.
Caregivers are one of the best ways for your mom to age at home. A trained caregiver will stop by as often as you’ve scheduled. Once in your mom’s home, the caregiver is there for companionship, welfare checks, housekeeping, meals, and more.
It’s easy to arrange home care services with caregivers. Make a call. Discuss your mom’s situation. You’ll learn more about rates and schedules at that point. Talk to a representative today.
If you or an aging loved one is considering caregivers in Plainsboro, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care Serving Somerset and Middlesex/Union Counties today. Call (732) 607-8870.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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