Some Items That Enable Your Dad to Live Alone After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

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Your dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago. He’s forgetful, but his doctor doesn’t feel he needs to be moved from his home yet. As long as you’re monitoring his safety and eliminating potential risks, he can age in place. How do you ensure he’s safe?

Homecare Loudonville OH - Some Items That Enable Your Dad to Live Alone After an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Homecare Loudonville OH – Some Items That Enable Your Dad to Live Alone After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Here are five items you need to take a closer look at.

Security Cameras

It feels wrong. You’ve set up security cameras for the purpose of monitoring your dad from a distance. It does feel slightly creepy watching your parent on cameras. It can also make you feel guilty not being there. However, it’s also important.

With security cameras, you’ll get a sense of what your dad does when he’s alone. You’ll see when he goes to be and gets up. You can see if he eats and drinks enough. You’ll see if he leaves the house to go for a walk and ensure he returns.

Medic Alert Systems

Medic alert systems enable your dad to call for help with one push of a button. If he falls or feels odd, he can push the button and talk to a specialist. That specialist determines if it’s an emergency requiring EMTs or if a call to you is more appropriate.

Some medic alert systems also have GPS tracking. If your dad goes for a walk and doesn’t return, you can track his location and make sure he’s okay.

Door Alarms

Door alarms let caregivers know if your dad is trying to leave the house. Some Alzheimer’s patients never wander. For those that do, a door alarm is a good way to prevent them from being able to wander off unnoticed.

Photo Phones

Dialing a number may become a big struggle. There are phones that allow you to program numbers for your dad. The button has a slot where you insert a photo. If your dad wants to call you, he pushes the button that shows your photo.

Homecare Aides

Your dad may not need 24/7 supervision. Meal preparation is often one of the first struggles. Your dad may benefit from having someone around to cook meals. He might enjoy having someone to eat with.

Homecare services include meal preparation and companionship. Make sure you consider these benefits when you’re looking into items to keep your dad safe.

You should look into homecare services for your dad. He’ll need reminders to take his Alzheimer’s medications. He will need help with his meals. He’ll need someone to drive him to stores and appointments. Call our homecare agency to learn about these and other services that help seniors diagnosed with dementia.

If you are considering  Homecare Services in Loudonville OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Tracy Clark
Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.