Aging In Place Parents: A Checklist For Adult Children

December 5, 2018

Do you sometimes find yourself at work wondering about your aging parents? This is a reality for so many Connecticut residents who are balancing career and caregiver responsibilities. There can be peace of mind for adult children with a little planning to develop a joint plan with aging parents. A checklist below can help get you started.

Around the House

  • Plenty of light. Make sure walkways are well-lit and consider putting night lights in bathroom areas. You may also want to consider a flashlight by the bedside.
  • Stairs should be free of clutter and loose rugs as these are both tripping hazards. Marking the edge of steps with brightly colored tape may serve as a guide for the beginning and end of the staircase.
  • Keep the home clear of wires, furniture, and clutter. There should be plenty of space for you parents to move around with ease.
  • Avoid large area rugs and those carpets with frayed edges.

At the Doctor’s Office

  • Bone density testing should be done annually.
  • Make sure hearing and eye tests are done annually, too. The senses contribute to overall balance and awareness.
  • Consult with your parents’ physician to see if any devices should be used like canes or walkers.
  • Create a plan with your parents and their doctor that includes exercise, diet, and supplements that will maintain health and strength.

When To Call A Home Health Care Agency In Connecticut

When a loved one is showing risks of falling, regular activities of daily living can become dangerous. One of the most difficult positions for an adult child is to when they have to choose between their parent’s independence or their safety. The experienced professionals at Masters In Home Care can help your parents maintain their health well-being as they age in place. Contact us to discuss your individual situation.

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