A tree fell on Leila’s house trapping her in the bedroom under insulation and sheetrock. Fortunately her grandson was visiting from out of state and heard the noise at 5:00 a.m. Things would have been much worse if her grandson had not been there and heard the noise.
Anything can happen to anyone on any given day – some intentional and often accidental.
The Atlanta Journal reported that Leila was taken to the Grady Memorial Hospital to be treated for minor injuries on her eye and a little swelling. Her grandson said, “Never thought…that would happen!”
There is nothing sadder than seeing your Grandma suffer, or fall and be helpless. Some of falls can be fatal, others result in head traumas, or even hip, knee or arm fractures and increase the risk of disability or even early death.
Some like Mary may have to cope with limited mobility, while others need daily assistance and can no longer live independently without in home assistance. For Mary, after the fall, she became sedentary, isolated and depressed – which eventually led to more health complications.
One of the reason Mary is suffering today is she is experiencing pain left from the fall and will not ask for help or admit to needing help from family members or even the medical professionals.
She is one of the many seniors who suffer in silence rather than asking or accepting help.
Sadly, there are many aging parents who live independently and keep their problems to themselves or they have no one to turn to in time of need. In Mary’s case she lives alone and enjoys her independence but her family is in another state.
Being silent means she can continue to live independently and in her home.
Studies show that 55% of seniors living independently do not have the help they often need.
What are some of the ways you can help you aging parent or family member continue with living independently and still get the help they need when emergencies happen?
What can we do to help our aging parent prepare for the worst and hope for the best?
Time and time again we hear stories about those who have set up family emergency contact plans and how much better off than those who did not.
Be sure all of this information is on any emergency medical information card your loved one carries in their wallet or purse.
( It’s a good idea for at least one family member to have a copy of the information on the emergency card)
1. Full name, date of birth, address and home phone number.
2. Emergency contact person and phone numbers.
3. Doctor’s information including names, phone numbers and hospital affiliation.
4. Existing medical conditions.
5. List the types of current medication and supplements taken including dosage for medicine.
6. Types of allergy.
7. Blood type.
8. Medical insurance information.
The best way to keep this information current is to print out a copy and place it on the refrigerator and have at least one family member keep a copy plus the copy that your aging parent keeps in their purse or wallet.
We at Keeping in Touch Solutions would like to send you a complimentary ” MY Medical Emergency Information Card” for Grandma to complete and carry in her purse or Grandpa to put in his wallet. Call us today at 1.800.664.5541 for your complimentary copy.
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.
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