Caregiving, Family

Tips to Keeping Your Loved One Safe At Home

On a hot July day in 1991, John and his father moved Marcia, my sister-in-law, to an apartment in Auburn, aboutScan 4 10 minutes from our home and down the street from where John worked.  She had lived in Sacramento for about 3 years and had been living with Huntington’s disease for 6 years.  We were worried about her being so far away from us and her reactions were compromised and her driving had become unsafe.  We feared she might have an accident and hurt herself or someone else. Marcia, a brave, kind, gentle soul, never complained when we made suggestions, like asking her to hand over the car keys to us.  I’m grateful she allowed us to help her stay independent.

Marcia Louise Marin

Marcia Louise Marin

At that time, I was the Lifeline Manager, at Auburn Faith Community Hospital and I was assisting people just like her; folks wanting to stay safe and independent in their own home for as long as possible.  So, the first thing we did after moving her in was to install Lifeline and asked her to never take the waterproof button off.  We were listed as her first responders and the manager of the apartment complex as second.  She was very unsteady on her feet and we feared she’d fall and hurt herself, so Lifeline gave her access to help.

So, if your are worried about a loved one living alone and their safety, these medical alert systems are very inexpensive and will give you peace of mind.  http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2014/06/what-to-look-for-in-a-medical-alert-system/index.htm

There are many similar products on the market now so here are links to a few of them.    http://www.lifealert.com/    https://www.alert-1.com/           https://www.lifeline.philips.com   search

Have a good day!   Therese

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