It is tough to care for our loved ones from a distance. But there are many times due to circumstances beyond our control, such as going to school, job transfer, etc…
As a result, there are many times that we end up not being close to those who we love as they age.
And this can lead to many safety concerns. But there are some ideas that can help.
Back in 2013, I had written an article for long distance caregivers about how they can keep an eye on their aging parents from a distance. And one of the ideas and suggestions was that caregivers contact the local post office where their parents live and request that the letter carrier just check in on their parents while they are making their rounds.
This story from Yahoo illustrates the importance of doing this.
Video Overview of Long Distance Caregiving
The article, “Postal Worker Rescues Man Who Fell, Lay Injured for 10 Days” tells the story of Tommy Hope, a 66-year old Alabaman who was eventually found by a postal worker 10 days after falling.
The postal worker (Cissy Cartwright) was concerned because she saw that Tommy had not picked up his mail for several days and decided to check on him.
As the article continues…
She found him, hurt and dehydrated, on the floor of his home and learned he’d been there more than a week. She called 911 and waited with him until an ambulance arrived. I was in shock, but I was just so relieved that, when I did yell for him, he answered me. I’m just glad I found him when I did.
But here is the kicker from the article…
Hope does not have immediate family nearby and couldn’t get to his phone to make any calls. But he managed to scoot on his back to the front door, where he drank from a bucket of rainwater that he keeps for his truck that sometimes overheats. He also maneuvered into his kitchen and used a stick to get ice, concentrated juices and frozen blackberries from his freezer.
So what is the moral of the story…
- Re-read my article regarding long distance caregiving and how contacting the post office is one tip to keep an eye on our parents at a distance.
- If a senior is living on their own they need a medic alert system. I have written about them and how to properly evaluate a medic alert system here.