Against Jane’s better judgment, but with her mom’s insistence, she put mom on a plane to return to her home in FL. Her mom just completed a visit to Jane’s out-of-state home and while there wasn’t feeling great. She was eager to return to her own home where she was certain she would feel much better in her own environment.
She returned home safely but a few days later when Jane tried calling her, she was not getting an answer. After several attempts throughout the day and concern mounting, Jane called the guards at her mom’s gated community to check on her. Fortunately, as is required by the community, the guards had a key to her home. Upon entering, it was discovered that her mother had fallen and was unable to get up.
The guards immediately called 911. When the paramedics arrived and examined her, they found that she was shaken and bruised but not seriously injured. However, they placed a call to Jane to report her condition but also to say that her condo was a disaster. Her home reeked of the smell of urine, there were smears of feces on the carpet, there were piles of dirty clothes and piles of unopened mail. The refrigerator had spoiled food and it appeared that her mother was not making healthy eating choices.
The paramedics wanted to know if action was going to be taken, as they were obligated to report unhealthy living conditions. Jane assured them that first thing in the morning she would call to arrange home health care services and would also arrange for a cleaning service to come in.
Needless to say, Jane made arrangements to fly to Florida as soon as possible to see first-hand what the situation was. She was able to work out a schedule that was agreeable with her mother for a Home Health Aide to check on her and help keep things organized, making sure her household was clean & tidy and that she was eating a more healthy diet. The paramedics had reported their concerns, so when a follow-up call was made by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, they were pleased to know action had been taken.
This nightmare ended with a great outcome. If you have an elderly parent who lives alone, don’t let this nightmare become a reality. So very often the children are the last to know when their parents are in need. It is nice to know that there is help out there to be your “eyes and ears”, especially for those that live far away.
Jan Robson is the owner of Champion Home Health Care, a Nurse Registry, voted 2015 Treasure Coast Choice Winner, covering Martin County. For assistance and advice, please feel free to call her office at 772-287-5432. Jan or one of her friendly staff will be happy to answer any of your questions.