Helping Seniors Stay Safe and IndependentBy Home Security Source Apr 27, 2010 | 10:30:00 amPosted in: Home, Senior Safety
As National Older Americans Month approaches, ADT has joined forces with MedHelp to provide expert advice on how to create environments that address the health needs of elderly or disabled individuals. In two recent health chats Bridget A. Hewitt, RN answered questions from participants about how to prevent falls, best manage medications and insurance payments, while supporting an elderly parent who wishes to continue living independently.
Bridget had some simple tips to help reduce the likelihood of an elderly person falling. She said most falls occur between the bedroom and the bathroom. Installing night-lights to brighten hallways and rooms increases nighttime visibility and can help reduce falls. She mentioned that throw rugs, while stylish, are often hazards as they create an uneven surface. Another important tip – footwear makes a difference. Sturdy, comfortable, snug-fitting shoes or slippers provide support for steady walking.
The biggest concerns came from children with elderly parents. Many of them voiced concerns about how to care for and monitor the deteriorating health of a parent when they don’t live close by. Bridget addressed how difficult it is to have to be a “parent to your parent” and that compromise to create a monitored yet independent living environment is critical.
Many people resist assisted living homes as they age and are determined to live in the comfort of their own homes. To make this possible, one recommended solution is a companion services security system, which helps provide a layer of security and peace of mind without having a 24-hour live-in aide or assisted living facility. A companion services wristband or pendant help button and home base station are able to connect the user directly to trained ADT monitoring professionals whenever they are in need. If necessary, ADT will contact a family member or medical personnel. This technology provides round-the-clock help allowing seniors to live alone without ever truly being alone.
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