Journey with Mom

  • Well May has ended and I meant to do a post but here we are at June 1st, my monthly post is late.

This month I would like to talk about my mother. Stella is 95 years old as of last week. She has been a great example for me about aging.

Since this month I’d like to talk about aging and safety, I’d like to give you a few tips. She has Macular Degeneration, central vision problems.

She just had eye surgery for blood in her left eye that obstructed her vision. Now we will wait and see if it helped.

When you are dealing with safety here are some suggestions:P1040284

  • Clear all floors of rugs and loose items that could cause falls
  • Make sure the clocks, phones and TV’s are simple and easy to use and operate, backlighting is good
  • If balance is a problem have them use a cane, walker or wheelchair
  • Educate them on the correct use of the assistive device
  • Openings to doorways should be wide enough for a walker/wheelchair to enter
  • Thresholds should be as low as possible
  • Use grab bars and easy to use door handles and faucets
  • Be aware of safety in cooking areas
  • Explain the “who, what, why and how” of treatments and procedures you expect them to participate in. Repeat as necessary
  • Make their tasks of daily living as simple as possible to encourage independance
  • Allow plenty of time for rest as fatigue exacerbates falls
  • Expect confusion in the night time hours and plan for safety
  • Have a friend or family member accompany them during tasks. In a retirement home there are always willing friends
  • Make staff and caregivers aware of any changes in health

Good luck with your loved ones and if you need any help making their home safe for aging in place call me for a consult.