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How to Help Organize Your Senior Parent's Apartment or Home


There will come a time when you realize that your parents or parent will need help making life a little easier for them on a daily basis. We all know that even if we try to stay young the day is going to be here when that youth is gone and it's not coming back. So it's important that if your parent is still living alone that there are things that you can do for them to make it easier for them to get around the house or apartment.

One of the first things you should do is to make sure that there are plenty of clear areas in which they can move around in their apartment or home. You may notice that your parent is having a little bit of difficulty in seeing and may have problems with their peripheral vision. So in order to make sure that they don't get injured you should make sure that their walking areas are kept clear. If they have throw rugs you should probably get their permission to remove them, if they don't want you to remove them then at least make sure that they are securely attached to the floor. However; if your parent uses a cane or a walker you really need to convince them to get rid of the rug.

If your parents have furniture that appear to be too difficult for them to get in and out of then it might be time for you to help them find different furniture that has seating that is higher and arms that are higher as well. If the furniture is higher it is going to be a lot easier for them to get out of the chair especially when there is no one around to help them.

Make sure that all of their clocks in the house have big enough numbers to see from across the room and maybe even have at least one clock that might have some sort of chime or music that it plays every hour.

You should probably get rid of their old phone and get them a phone that has the larger buttons. If there is an emergency you are going to want them to be able to see the numbers on the phone in order to dial the number or numbers that they need to dial. Also make sure that you put the numbers that they dial the most onto their speed dial option for them. This way they will only have to push speed dial to get a hold of someone when in need.

Make sure that you help them to organize their medications by week. Make sure that the pill box you get has large letters on them for the days of the week so that it is easier for them to see each day when they need to take their pills. Help them organize their medicine a week in advance and put colored stickers on the different days so that it easier for them to recognize what day it is.

Make sure that when there are leftovers that you take a marker and mark the date on all of the items so that they will know how old the food is. If then when you come back the food is still there and you feel it is too old according to the date, you will be able to get rid of the food for them before it spoils in the refrigerator.

Help them organize their closet and their clothes. It might be a good idea to set up a color coded system for them so it will be a lot easier for them to find the items they are looking for.

It's also a very good idea that you have some sort of plan for an emergency in place at the home. Make sure that your parent is well aware of all emergency routes and that you help them practice it in case they are alone and they need to exit their home or apartment on their own.



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