Monitoring our Elderly Parents’ Aging in Place Safety Is Crucial

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Bay Alarm Medical provides medical alert jewelry for elderly seniors and is giving away bottles to help prevent dehydrationAGING IN PLACE SAFETY

When we think of safety for our elderly parents who are aging in place, we usually think in terms of falling accidents, break-in safety, and memory issue dangers including getting lost even in their own neighborhood because they can't remember how to get home. Those are all vital concerns and a big reason my own senior mom wears an "alert pendant" that notifies a monitoring agency if she falls, or if she calls for help.

I highly recommend those alarm pendants! There are several good companies available to pick from. Of course, just as with anything else, be sure to do your due diligence – call or check online the BBB (Better Business Bureau), ask friends and relatives for recommendations, research them online, etc. I recently found out that a familiar-to-me alarm company also offers medical alerts which was NEW info to me. Bay Alarm Medical even offers the "fall alert" that I think can be very valuable.

DEHYDRATION IN ELDERLY SENIORS

I made this discovery about Bay Alarm Medical when they contacted me and told me about their fun summer propmotion focusing on a totally different safety issue for our senior parents. Dehydration. I've written about that before at SandwichINK but it's definitely one of those issues we need to be reminded of each summer! 

I've noticed that two of the sweet seniors in my life both need to be reminded periodically to drink more water. With one, I can tell when she really needs water! She starts talking and her words sound funky – like her tongue is not cooperating. I finally realized that is how she sounds after a surgery or other procedure that requires little or no water for a prolonged period due to the medication. And it really concerns me that she can start sounding like that fairly quickly, which tells me her water needs are getting stronger. Which, as it turns out, its quite normal for many elderly adults. 

Even with a cool house, thanks to air conditioning, we need to make sure our aging seniors are still drinking lots of water. My senior mom and I love to walk when she feels up to it. Because of summer heat, we've been going out in the early evening, usually after the sun is down. Thanks to the delta breezes in Roseville CA, it's usually very nice temperatures. Even then, she can get a bit thirsty on the walk so we usually take a water bottle for her. She rarely drinks it, but occasionally we've been really glad we had it!

MONITORING OUR ELDERLY PARENTS FOR THEIR AGING IN PLACE SAFETY

 I love flowers and this water pitcher is as much lovely home decor as it is practical via Kaye Swain Roseville CA real estate agent and blogger

I read an interesting, albeit technical, article on dehydration and the elderly at the NIH and basicall it seems to be that as our loved ones age, their body doesn't work as well so they need water more but tend to drink it less. Thus we definitely need to keep our eyes open for signs they aren't getting enough water. And keep plenty of water handy for them to drink at a temperature they prefer. Some days my senior mom loves water from the fridge so we always have bottles or water pitchers chilling there. Other times, she hates it. So then it's tap water all the way. She keeps plastic water bottles by her constantly. But I still have to check. Even though they are there, she still may not remember to drink as often as she should.

Bottom line, lots of prayer – monitoring – and encouraging to keep drinking. And again, I'm really glad she has her alert pendant around her neck. It's my backup to all my other backups for both my beloved seniors to help them stay safe while aging in place in their own homes! 

Bay Alarm Medical is sharing the dangers of elderly seniors dehydration issues this summer and giving away free bottles for water

P.S. Bay Alarm Medical has a fun offer for us! Leave a comment below with your suggestions, thoughts and tips on this topic. The first 4 commenters will get a free water bottle similar to the ones in the photos above mailed to them by Bay Alarm Medical by the end of August. (I'll email you for your address so it's not online :) ) This water bottle is a Clean Bottle, BPA free, and unscrews at both ends so no chance of mold! Very cool! Mega thanks to Bay Alarm Medical for this fun idea AND for the great reminder to make sure all our beloved elderly, who are aging in place in their own home or with family, are getting plenty of water to drink during the hot summer and throughout the year!  

 
 

 

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Bathtubs, Shower Stalls, and Elderly Seniors?

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Invacare Bathtub Transfer Bench for Aging in Place assistanceAging in Place. It can definitely be a challenge to find a home with most of your priorities available for aging in place in generation. If you're house hunting house hunting in a hurry, due to relocation issues, it's even harder!

The latest bump in the road for one of my beloveds? All the houses she looked at were single story, many had one or zero step entry, and all the yards were easy care. But most of the available homes that would work best had bathtubs only – no separate shower stalls.

Tubs can often be more difficult for our aging seniors, particularly those with range of motion, knee, or hip issues!

After much thought and prayer, she did opt for a lovely home that had everything else on her Aging in Place wish list but did only have tubs. She knew from past experience she could use a grab bar and, if necessary, a bathtub transfer bench (like the photo above) to help her get in and out of the bathtub if the need arose. Amazon does have several great ones to choose from, though if you have a medical supply store locally, I would start there. That way, if it turns out to not fit in your tub, or not work well for your senior parent, you can easily return it.

Because her time was limited, her options were also limited. That's true for many of us boomers and seniors – for ourselves and for our beloved senior parents and relatives we are caring for. But making a priority list first and keeping it at the forefront of our minds can definitely help us when searching for homes for sale or rent that have good aging in place options we need and want.

One thing to remember to check for specifically is 55+ communities. They frequently offer most, if not all, of these items. Here in Roseville CA, we have The Club at Westpark by Del Webb and Sun City Roseville as well as Sun City Lincoln nearby along with a couple of other senior home communities. Do doublecheck, though, as even some of those homes may not be as user friendly as others. And make sure your REALTOR searches for these types of homes specifically AND by map, as not all agents remember to add the community name to the MLS search list. If it's not there, it will take a map search to find them. Of course, if you are starting your search in Roseville CA, I'd love to help you with it. :) 

Also, I recently found a cool list from a home inspection company of aging in place options to look for. Very practical! I've pinned it to my Aging in Place Options pinterest board! Do check it out and let me know what you think of their ideas. 

P.S. Happy Pink Saturday – full of cute home decor ideas with plenty of boomers seniors and multigenerational caregivers visiting.

 

 

 

5 Good Ways NOT to trip over Your Multigenerational Family in Orangevale OR Roseville CA

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The pool at the Country Creek Drive home in Orangevale next to Roseville CA is gorgeous per Kaye Swain REALTOR 500Multigenerational joys! I love visiting homes throughout the Roseville CA area. Especially when I can spot great ideas and options to share with y'all. That can give us both fresh tips and remind us of great ones from the past. 

Last week, I visited a lovely 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home in WoodBridge Ranch. This particular home's address is in Orangevale California. BUT it is about a whopping .1 or .2 miles from the Roseville CA border. That's because this gorgeous, up-scale, master-planned community spans both Placer and Sacramento County! Part is in Roseville and part in Orangevale, CA.

This community has so many great homes with terrific multigenerational options. It includes a wide variety of single story homes. (I'm guessing there might be a few with a bedroom and bathroom/shower on the first floor as well. You can be sure I'll let you know if I spot any of those!

The home I visited was a single story ranch style with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on one side of the L shaped home. On the other side of the home there was 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom along with the laundry room (my senior mom would be in 7th heaven with that set-up :) ). 

A kitchen area between family living room and eating area is a great multigenerational option in this lovely WoodBridge Ranch home per Kaye Swain REALTOR in Roseville CA

In between the bedrooms are a formal living room, dining room, family room, and a delightful kitchen with a "to-die-for" view of the gorgeous swimming pool surrounded by waterfalls. Beyond that was a lovely green and flowered back yard that backs up to a delightful seasonal creek. 

With your own park in the back yard of Country Creek Drive Orangevale you can have plenty of room for everyone under one roof per Kaye Swain REALTOR in Roseville CA

It's an awesome property with plenty of places for people to enjoy some privacy. That is something that is so vital for a multigenerational family who might feel like they are tripping over each other in a smaller home.

I especially appreciated the pocket doors in various parts of the home that don't take up too much room. They give a sense of seclusion accompanied by a quieter experience in the various rooms – another great help for a large extended family under one roof.

Another thing that can be a big help for large multigenerational families at WoodBridge Ranch are the great activity options right in the immediate area.   

There are two private parks including Lake Park – and yes, it is aptly named. Plus it is kept stocked with fish for catch and release enjoyment.  Playgrounds, a basketball court, a tennis court, a large baseball field with plenty of grass area, and picnic areas and BBQs all add to the many joys of living in the WoodBridge Ranch Community of homes.  There are biking, walking and jogging trails and even an equestrian center with dedicated horse trails. Those are needed as many of the homes, including this one, are zoned for having a horse! That's fun in general and could be especially helpful for those caring for someone of any age who would benefit from the many joys of horse therapy!

All in all, WoodBridge Ranch, in Roseville AND Orangevale CA, is a gorgeous master-planned community with so many great options for a variety of needs including multigenerational and aging in place options. I am guessing you could even find the occasional home for sale that includes a bedroom and a bathroom with a shower and/or tub on the first floor there.  And those 5 good ways are probably more, but they include great separation in the kitchen, pocket doors to provide quiet and privacy between kitchen-family area and formal living/dining area, one bedroom and bathroom alone on one side of the house, a huge back yard, a pool along with other areas to provide for plenty of room to spread out. And that doesn't even count the various extra activities in the area. Talk about your multigenerational joys in general and specifically with this sweet home. 

A Van Gogh rendition of pink flowers at 8841 Country Creek Drive in woodBridge Ranch in Orangevale ca via Kaye Swain roseville CA REALTOR

P.S. Happy Pink Saturday with a "Van Gogh" rendition of some of the delightful pink flowers I spotted there. My senior mom could surely have some serious gardening fun there! 

P.P.S. This house has been sold but there are others out there. If you'd like to search East Roseville and/or Orangevale, CA for large homes for sale for your own multigenerational needs, including in the WoodBridge Ranch master planned community, click here. Or call Kaye at 916-768-0127 and I'll be glad to help you with any of your real estate needs. :)