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Keeping My Mum Safe - do you worry?

During these difficult times, I have found myself looking at the world quite differently. Being a Mum, daughter and wife all I want to do is keep my family as safe as possible.

My elderly Mum, lives alone and is self-isolating, and we have a chat over the phone every day to check on each other. She enjoys listening to the shenanigans of what the kids have been up to.

My main concern is her safety within her home. Each year she is getting a bit more frail and I worry about her falling and not knowing about it until our phone call the next day. I have found a little battery operated light which has a motion sensor in it. I ordered it for her and this company even set it up for her prior to dispatch.

She puts them by her bed and along the hall and into the bathroom. At least now when she needs to go to the bathroom at night, she doesn’t have to fumble for the mains lighting. As soon as she gets out of bed, her room is illuminated and she can see where she is going.

We all have lots of worries to contend with, some we can’t overcome but I feel a little less stressed overnight now. Anything we can do to stop the potential trips and falls to take the burden off the NHS is a positive in my mind.

Created By on 25/03/2020

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2nd Apr 2020 20:41:32
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My folks are 90 and 91 and still live at their home and are struggling with all this lockdown and the very concept of what is happening. We visit them weekly for food and rations but are keeping well away from them.
26th Mar 2020 17:05:08
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It's a real problem, a 90 year old friend wants as many visitors as possible. We have had a rota covering all seven days of the week for some years. We are all now worried that we could be putting her in danger.
Melina - Assistant Editor
26th Mar 2020 10:57:08
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Having elderly parents is a worry for many of us, especially at this time. It sounds to me that you're doing all you can do Jules38 to make your mum's life a little easier and checking up on her over the telephone every day is good for her mental health and for your peace of mind too.

I really like the idea of motion sensor lights, like you say, anything to prevent falls is a real positive.

Thank you for sharing that tip with us.

26th Mar 2020 10:53:17
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You do well, Jules, very well.

Our young folk care little for us older ones but in our time we cared well for our aged parents. That means we live with a clear conscience.

One less thing to weigh us down these days.

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