Life At Home Longer What You Can Do as a Daughter or Son
What You Can Do… <ul><li>… to prevent falls </li></ul><ul><li>… to help from far away </li></ul><ul><li>… to be ready for ...
Falls Aren’t Inevitable <ul><li>One in three seniors has a fall every year that requires medical attention </li></ul><ul><...
What You Can Do <ul><li>What You Can Do To Prevent Falls </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule an appointment for your parent to revi...
How to Help from Far Away <ul><li>You are not alone—about 7 million Americans are long-distance caregivers </li></ul><ul><...
What You Can Do <ul><li>What You Can Do Long-Distance </li></ul><ul><li>Making time to  visit— catch up, chat, do fun acti...
Preparing for an Emergency <ul><li>Our parents want to live independently, but we worry that they might not always be safe...
What You Can Do <ul><li>What You Can Do </li></ul><ul><li>Create your own emergency kit for your parent’s home—at a minimu...
Fire Safety <ul><li>Aging increases the risk of fire because: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People become less able to respond due...
Preventing Fires <ul><li>What You Can Do </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure your parent never smokes in bed </li></ul><ul><li>Rem...
Home Maintenance <ul><li>Your parent’s biggest asset may be their home </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It must be properly maintaine...
Help Maintain the Home <ul><li>What You Can Do </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that your parent has budgeted  for maintaining his...
Pack Rat <ul><li>People who hoard possessions are very common </li></ul><ul><li>Clutter often fills all usable areas of th...
What You Can Do <ul><li>What You Can Do Long-Distance </li></ul><ul><li>Let go of ideal notions of cleanliness </li></ul><...
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What You Can Do As A Son Or Daughter

  1. 1. Life At Home Longer What You Can Do as a Daughter or Son
  2. 2. What You Can Do… <ul><li>… to prevent falls </li></ul><ul><li>… to help from far away </li></ul><ul><li>… to be ready for an emergency </li></ul><ul><li>… to avoid a fire </li></ul><ul><li>… to help with home maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>… to lend a hand to hoarders </li></ul>
  3. 3. Falls Aren’t Inevitable <ul><li>One in three seniors has a fall every year that requires medical attention </li></ul><ul><li>But, they are not a normal part of aging, and we can help our loved ones avoid them </li></ul><ul><li>CDC’s four fall prevention tips: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make your home safer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Begin a regular exercise program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have your physician check your medicines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have your vision checked </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What You Can Do <ul><li>What You Can Do To Prevent Falls </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule an appointment for your parent to review medications with his/her physician </li></ul><ul><li>Get your parent’s vision checked </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure your parent is wearing comfortable shoes with nonslip soles </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage your parent to find an exercise program they will enjoy </li></ul><ul><li>How We Can Help </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct a thorough home safety assessment to identify potential hazards </li></ul><ul><li>Improve the lighting throughout your parent’s house, which will also make it more comfortable to live in </li></ul><ul><li>Have a professional assess whether grab bars would be helpful and install them in the correct positions </li></ul><ul><li>Add nightlights throughout the high traffic areas of the house </li></ul>
  5. 5. How to Help from Far Away <ul><li>You are not alone—about 7 million Americans are long-distance caregivers </li></ul><ul><li>A US Dept of Labor study found that 30% of employees are family caregivers! </li></ul><ul><li>The National Institute on Aging reports that long-distance caregivers often feel the most guilt and anxiety </li></ul><ul><li>Explore resources that can help you improve your parent’s life, even from far away </li></ul>
  6. 6. What You Can Do <ul><li>What You Can Do Long-Distance </li></ul><ul><li>Making time to visit— catch up, chat, do fun activities—with your parent when you are in town is important </li></ul><ul><li>Be honest with yourself about how often can you travel: financially, emotionally, and with the constraints of your career </li></ul><ul><li>Get as much information as you can about your parent’s condition </li></ul><ul><li>Find ways to stay in touch with your parent so you are aware of changes or problems </li></ul><ul><li>How We Can Help </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that your parent’s phone is easy to use and loud enough for them to hear </li></ul><ul><li>Have a professional set-up an email printer box so your parent can receive easy to read, printed emails </li></ul><ul><li>Have a professional install a digital picture frame that will automatically download photos from an account you set up online </li></ul>
  7. 7. Preparing for an Emergency <ul><li>Our parents want to live independently, but we worry that they might not always be safe </li></ul><ul><li>Falls, ongoing medical problems, fires or accidents could all require outside help </li></ul><ul><li>Injuries to seniors in the home are the leading cause of death, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control </li></ul>
  8. 8. What You Can Do <ul><li>What You Can Do </li></ul><ul><li>Create your own emergency kit for your parent’s home—at a minimum include several gallons of water, a radio, flashlights with extra batteries </li></ul><ul><li>Find a neighbor who is willing to help in the event of an emergency and keep his or her contact info close by </li></ul><ul><li>How We Can Help You Prepare </li></ul><ul><li>Recommend and install the Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) that meets your parent’s needs </li></ul><ul><li>Install phone handsets throughout the home, so that help is accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Provide and explain the importance of an emergency preparedness kit for earthquake or other disaster </li></ul>
  9. 9. Fire Safety <ul><li>Aging increases the risk of fire because: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People become less able to respond due to hearing, vision, mobility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sense of touch and smell can become impaired </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Older adults are more likely to smoke </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Seniors over 84 are five times more likely to die in a fire than the general population </li></ul>
  10. 10. Preventing Fires <ul><li>What You Can Do </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure your parent never smokes in bed </li></ul><ul><li>Remove any space heaters in the house, particularly those that don’t automatically shut off when tipped </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure there is a large fire screen in front of any fireplaces that are used </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that there is a clear path for exiting the home </li></ul><ul><li>How We Can Help </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and remove fire hazards in your parent’s home </li></ul><ul><li>Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that are sure to wake them in the event of a fire </li></ul><ul><li>Check all batteries in smoke detectors twice a year </li></ul><ul><li>Install stovetop fire protection </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure your parents have fire extinguishers they can use </li></ul><ul><li>Put extra precautions in place for smokers </li></ul>
  11. 11. Home Maintenance <ul><li>Your parent’s biggest asset may be their home </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It must be properly maintained to retain its value and ensure them the flexibility they want </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Your parents want to live independently, but they may not want to take care of the day to day maintenance of a house </li></ul><ul><li>Regular maintenance is essential to keeping the home a comfortable place to live </li></ul><ul><li>Home maintenance and repair is the top area for elder fraud </li></ul>
  12. 12. Help Maintain the Home <ul><li>What You Can Do </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that your parent has budgeted for maintaining his or her home </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage them to get help with tasks around the house </li></ul><ul><li>Look for signs that your parent may need assistance with household maintenance or chores </li></ul><ul><li>How We Can Help </li></ul><ul><li>Help with home maintenance and identify repairs that should be made to avoid loss of value </li></ul><ul><li>Fix small leaks that could develop into larger problems down the road </li></ul><ul><li>Identify mold, mildew and other signs of moisture damage </li></ul><ul><li>Check and replace filters as necessary in the air conditioning and heating systems </li></ul><ul><li>Change light bulbs, flip mattresses </li></ul>
  13. 13. Pack Rat <ul><li>People who hoard possessions are very common </li></ul><ul><li>Clutter often fills all usable areas of the home and limits functional use of the home for cooking, socializing, bathing, and sleeping </li></ul><ul><li>Often the “stuff” can take over the home and make the home unsafe </li></ul>
  14. 14. What You Can Do <ul><li>What You Can Do Long-Distance </li></ul><ul><li>Let go of ideal notions of cleanliness </li></ul><ul><li>Be creative and negotiate—don’t require all the changes you would like to see at once </li></ul><ul><li>Begin by reorganizing, not throwing things away </li></ul><ul><li>Help your parent see the ways that their clutter limits them </li></ul><ul><li>How We Can Help </li></ul><ul><li>Non-judgmental third party to assist with making the home safer and more livable without forcing your parent to part with treasured possessions </li></ul><ul><li>Professional help focusing on preventing falls in the house </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on fire safety and ensuring adequate fire protection and alarms </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure there is a clear pathway for emergency personnel to enter </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing support to help keep the home safe </li></ul>

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