One sure way to care for health
I want to talk today about something none of us want to really talk about, but nonethelessthe topic remains to be the important one:
care for our aging parents.
When I was little, things were simple : culturally, parents would just move in with children ( or more common - children would move in with parents after getting married, I know, it’s a shocker for a US culture, I am sure) and as years go by, children take care of their aging loved ones for as long as it is necessary.
But that was back in the day when computers were not in everyone’s home, cell phones were not invented and we didn’t even know what internet was ( near to impossible to believe that such times even existed!). Today’s modernization brought more to life then just technology: life just starts after the retirement for many. Travel, exhibits - people live every day to the fullest , and it is an absolute pleasure to see them enjoy life. I only wish technology was also able to erase health issues that come , more often inevitably then not, with age.
I cherish every minute my mom visits us. Living continents apart is very difficult for more then one reason, but giving her “her space” is also crucial while she is here, unlogical as it may sound. Not only being apart makes you miss those “day-to-day” things that sometimes take a little time to adjust to, but I know for a fact, much as she loves us all, it is not always easy to have 7 more people swarm around you all the time unless you live with them day in and day out.
That said, I've ongoingly worried about her not feeling well while she was in her little grandfather’s nook ( grandmother’s in this case, and really a nook as we turned the space into a studio ) and not being able to tell us. Many nights I would come down to see if she is well and all is ok, because knowing my mom I could be confident in one thing - she will NOT tell me in timely manner that something is off because she never wants to bother anyone, but that only made things more complicated in the long run.
For this trip, however, we found the solution to make everyone happy: we decided to install Bay Alarm Medical system, and it has lifted a huge rock off my chest. The system works like a breeze , extremely easy to install and the support that is there 24/7 and responds within seconds ( trust me on this one - there were times when the button was pushed accidentally and the response was faster then we even had the ability to blink twice)
The way it works - and this solution really is an excellent one for any of you who are looking for way to keep your loved ones safe - is that a call system is installed in your home that has a wearable button ( there is a bracelet or a necklace style) and a “help” button that can be attached anywhere, and in the case of an emergency, all it takes is a push of a button for the system to send an alert and you will be notified that help is needed. If there is an emergency - which a dispatcher can evaluate - then 911 is called to ensure that the person who needs help, receives it as soon as possible and the best way possible. I know that it is a lot easier for me to convince my mom to see a specialist then for her to decide to go there on her own. There is also a little “vial of life” - a plastic covered card where all the medical info for the person written and attached to the fridge. That way should there be a necessity, all important information is easily accessible which saves time, and those minutes, when it comes to emergency, are golden.
There is also a system that detects a fall (which is such a relief!) and the buttons are wearable everywhere - in the shower, etc, which is where those falls are more typical to happen too. There are different option for systems , from landline to cell phone connect to GPS options, so this definitely was one of the best discoveries we’ve made up to date. The peace of mind that I have knowing that my most cherished and unconditionally loved person is taken care of at the times when she is alone is worth more then any words can ever say.
Who else can relate in this worry? How do you help your loved ones?
*post in partnership with Bay Alarm Medical