Communication can be particularly important when you don’t live with or are away from your carereceiver for hours. Keeping in touch can be one of the life saving caregiving tips.
This became clear to me when my mother was living in a long term facility. She had a cottage, and after my dad passed she lived alone. When the landline went down, so did her emergency bell pull. And she and her next door neighbor were never checked on by the staff. They were not the only residents who did not drive and were effectively stranded in their homes.
After several phone calls, the problem was fixed, and afterwards the residents were checked on regularly.
When the weather is potentially dangerous, such as hot temperatures in summer or storms, communication becomes vital. It’s an important part of summer safety.
- High temperatures can be life threatening. Checking on your carereceiver more than usual during periods of high temperatures can be life saving. Seniors and especially elders should let family and friends know if they’ll be spending extra time outdoors, even for light exercise like gardening.
- Communication between neighbors can also be life saving. Checking on neighborhood elders can keep them safe, and can also increase the safety of the neighborhood. It may even lead to new friendships.
- And if you or your care partner have to evacuate, having a charged cell phone with you is important.
What are your favorite caregiving tips to stay in touch? Share them or a story about communication and caregiving in the comments.
To your Happy & Healthy Caregiving,
Ina Gilmore MD
Global Purple Angel Dementia Ambassador
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