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Safety For Your Aging Parent

Managing aging parents can place tension on family relationships and create stress for all of those involved. It's especially concerning when safety becomes a daily worry and the adult children live too far away or are unable to check on their parents regularly. Sending a parent to a nursing home seems like an easy fix but many don't have the financial means to pay for the steep costs of elder care or they aren't ready, even unwilling, to leave their home at this time.

If your elder parent is still living independently several steps may be taken to improve their safety and reduce the worry with leaving them alone:

     

  1. Assess their driving skills. Age does not determine if someone is still equipped to drive or not. However, age can impact a person's response time, vision, hearing, and concentration. Certain medications can also impact a person's ability to safety drive even short distances. Making sure your parent is still capable of driving safely is imperative to their safety. On a regular basis identify if your parent or relative can:
    • Drive appropriate speeds, neither too fast or too slow?
    • Is aware of pedestrians and other cars.
    • Is able to turn around to see while backing up.
    • Knows directions to and from grocery stores and doctors offices.
    • Appropriately responds to street signs and traffic lights.
    • Is not involved in an accident or near miss.
    • Stays within the marked lanes.
    • Can still physically turn the wheel and open/close the door.

     

  2. Choose a neighbor to assist and provide them a key. If your parent has a neighbor or friend that lives close by it's a good idea to get their contact information and provide them a key. Should you call and not make contact after several attempts it's a good idea to call that person and have them check the house before calling 911. This will help avoid unnecessary emergency response calls.
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  4. Obtain a medical alert system. Should your loved one have a real emergency a medical alert system will provide the fastest response. Should they fall, have a medical emergency or even have a fire or an intruder a medical alert system will provide the fastest response. Typically a your loved one will wear a pendant that allows them access to speak to a 24 hour service. Should a situation arise the service will attempt to talk to your parent and then will determine if an emergency exists. When looking at different medical alert systems you should consider:
    • Is the equipment waterproof?
    • How much is the monthly fee and how long is the monitoring contract?
    • How easy is the equipment to use?
    • Does the system offer GPS tracking?
    • Will the company periodically check-up on your loved one?
    • Do they have a good reputation?

     

  5. Equip and modify their home to improve safety. Install hand railings in the shower and on stairs to avoid falls. Move the washer and dryer to the first floor to avoid steep climbs to and from the basement. Move dishes and kitchen utensils to within safe reach.

Improving the safety and surroundings of an elderly person will allow them to love independent longer and reduce their risk of injury. Regularly assess their driving abilities, utilize a medical alert system and make their home more user friendly.

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Published:  Tue, 22 May 2018 08:19:00 GMT



DHS Issues More Medical Device Cybersecurity Alerts

The Department of Homeland Security has yet again issued a warning about cybersecurity vulnerabilities in medical devices. These warnings have come after independent researchers, or the companies themselves, have reported the problems. See Also: Why is the ...

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 07:57:00 GMT



Kerala on high alert as Nipah death toll rises

The state has been put on high alert and two control rooms have also been opened. The health minister said peripheral hospitals in the vicinity of Kozhikode Medical College Hospital have been asked to set up isolation wards and if they have patients with ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 20:54:00 GMT



Luciano: Comcast apologizes to elderly couple cut off from medical-alert system for three days

PEORIA - "I've fallen and I can't get Comcast's attention!" That's what Sonja and Robert Wyant thought they might have to yell after their Comcast service went kaput. Though they wear medical-alert pendants for chronic health problems, Comcast said it ...

Published:  Mon, 14 May 2018 12:55:00 GMT



Nipah virus outbreak: Karnataka on high alert

Dakshina Kannada district Medical Officer Dr Ramkrishna Rao said that the infection of the virus has not been confirmed yet. Coastal Karnataka has been on high alert since Nipah virus outbreak has hit neighbouring state Kerala. According to the sources ...

Published:  Tue, 22 May 2018 06:02:00 GMT



Nipah virus kills at least three in India, sparks alert

The deadly virus has killed at least three people in southern India, officials said Monday, with medical teams dispatched to the area ... sparking a statewide health alert Monday. Eight other deaths in the state of Kerala are being investigated for ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 05:58:00 GMT



Nigeria: Ebola Scare - Airports On High Alert, Screen Passengers to Prevent Spread

Abuja - Airport facilities and medical structures that served Nigeria in the aftermath of the 2014 Ebola virus disease outbreak are being reactivated as the country tries to be on the alert for possible reoccurrence following the confirmation of several ...

Published:  Sun, 20 May 2018 08:00:00 GMT



The Constructive Market Report On United States Medical Alert Systems 2018-2025

This report of the United States Medical Alert Systems Market by Questale has been released to study the market trends of the United States Medical Alert Systems . All key market updates as well as technological updates will be enlisted in this report.

Published:  Sun, 20 May 2018 17:10:00 GMT



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