Im writing this post because one of my moms friends. She often would bump into her on the street and they would exchange “pleasantries”. So while my mom and I were out she mentioned to me that she had not seen her friend for a couple of days .
Sure enough the next day we bumped into her on the street. She told us she had fallen, and was not able to get any help for 3 days.
“So she just layed on the floor and eventually dragged herself on the
floor to the telephone to get some help. And she had a medical alert
necklace, but took it off to have a shower.”
My heart sank when I heard this, there must be some sort of service that can reach out to seniors on a daily basis but so far i have not been able to find a service like that (Im still looking so I will keep you updated when i do find one)
Or even if they call someone on a daily basis . Like the “buddy system” when you were a kid, you made sure your “buddy” was ok. Same idea , an agreement, to call, email , or ever just knock on their door if they live in your building.
We have to look out for one-another. It might be someone from church or a book club, or just a family friend. But setting this up for your parents could save them from what my moms friend went through.
Having a “pro-active” approach to your parents well being is better than having to use the “I Wish” statement.
Until they come up with a foolproof system , it comes down to knowing your parents friends and surroundings
When you went through with this process , what was the one thing you found that the easiest? Or what was the most challenging?