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Keeping Elderly Mom Safe At Home

Posted by Connie on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 at 11:02 pm and is filed under Cancer, Family Life.
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My mom is elderly and has some health problems, but has fallen a few times. I want to keep her safe in her own home, where she wants to live, but I’ve been concerned to say the least. Her health issues are mainly age-related, but she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. She’s doing very well, thank goodness.

She had minor surgery, finished radiation therapy and is on a cancer medication for 5 years. This drug has a lot of side effects including hot flashes and fatigue. Of course, she must remain on it. She also has breathing problems due to Emphysema and Asthma. When she gets anxious or upset, she gets short of breath quickly. The next thing that happens is that she becomes dizzy. When she’s fallen before that has been the cause.

The most recent time, she was outside without her portable phone. I’ve told her so many times to keep that with her! She was calling for help for about an hour in the hot sun until her next door neighbor heard her. Thanks to her, she helped my mom get up, brought her into the house and called me. Although she wasn’t seriously hurt, she was very frightened. This incident caused her to keep her phone with her, but I took it upon myself to get in touch with a medical alarm button company to be sure she was safe all of the time.  When her device arrived, she agreed to use it. I’m so thankful that she is complying so she can live alone and be safe at home.

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