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While Living Halfway Across the Country from Mom, You Can Still Help Her Stay Safe

Senior Home Safety in Norwalk CT

Senior Home Safety in Norwalk CTIt’s simple to assume you could take care of your elderly mother wherever you are. After all, she only needs some reminders every once in a while, either to take her medications, about an appointment coming up, and so on. You never thought twice about being a long-distance caregiver; it just felt like something you could do to help her out.

What you may not be thinking about is her safety. Yes, she may very well be capable of looking after herself and doing a lot on her own, but what if she runs into certain challenges? For example, what if she suddenly has a bit of difficulty getting up and down the stairs?

She might have to take the laundry down to the basement where the washer and dryer is. She has a basket in her hands and, as she’s descending the steps, she feels a slight twinge in her leg. She loses her balance, ever so slightly, and is able to regain it before falling, but that’s just one simple warning sign.

There could be a lot of safety hazards surrounding your mother. As a long-distance caregiver, you’re not in a position to help her like you might want.

The best option.

The best option is to rely on a home care aide to help support your mother. This doesn’t mean you’re not important anymore or what you do isn’t necessary. It simply means your mother will have somebody working with her when she needs it. She may only need physical support and assistance once a day, a few days a week, once a week, or for full-time care.

You can still call and check in on her, but that experienced home care aide, especially if you hire them through an agency, will have a strong support system behind them and quite a bit of experience to spot various safety issues that could be problematic for your mother.

All throughout the house there are potential safety issues to address. Some could be in the kitchen or the bathroom, some could be in the bedroom or living room, and some could even be commonly and easily overlooked issues, such as whether or not the heating system has been inspected for this upcoming winter season.

When people call on a home care aide to help support an elderly loved one, they often feel a lot less stress and anxiety in their own life, whether they live just down the street or across the world.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Norwalk, CT, please contact the caring staff at Comfort Keepers of Lower Fairfield County today at 203-629-5029

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Dennis Patouhas

Having 40 plus years’ experience in finance, accounting, project management has enabled me to borrow upon experiences and disciplines from each to develop and grow a leading business in the Home Care market.

Established Comfort Keepers of Lower Fairfield County with wife Marian in 2001. We were the 61st of what now numbers over 750 offices nationally. The genesis was our experience with the care of seven elderly relatives, along with the need to provide more options to seniors who want to remain in their own homes but are challenged without safe, reliable services. With over 15 years in the home care industry, our office was at the forefront of this emerging industry and helped develop consumer awareness of this alternative to caring for the elderly and disabled.

Served as a member of National Advisory Committee, advisors to the Comfort Keepers Franchisor and past chairman of the Branding Committee. Past vice president of the Connecticut Chapter of the Homecare Association of America, an industry advocacy organization. The association provides industry and consumer education on issues of homecare as well as support and educational standards setting for the “employee based” homecare industry. Responsible for legislative development, worked with local and state legislators on rules and laws improving consumer and employee protection.

Host and Producer of An informative talk show on issues of getting older. Also authored numerous articles on the elderly and aging related issues.

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