Neighbors to be Lifesavers for Older Adults Who Live Alone
Awesome Article on the Value of Neighbours to Our Loved Ones Who Live Alone
CareCallingNow recommends that the secondary responder or alternate contact should be a neighbour that lives close by in the event that your LOved One doesn’t respond to our daily Checkin call. The neighbour is the person who can quickly respond in an emergency situation will make sure that you are OKAY The article below by Beth Baross on AgingCare.com gives a great prospective of a what good valuable neighbour can provide
Neighbors Can Be Lifesavers for Older Adults Who Live Alone
Neighbors often get a bad rap these days. While people are quick to tell others about their nosy neighbors or the loud people next door, there are far more stories of helpful neighbors’ caring acts that often go untold.
Take Mike, for example. He is a neighbor of an older friend of mine who brings her newspaper from the end of the driveway to her front door every morning. This simple action is cherished by my friend—particularly when the weather is terrible—who loves that she can drink her morning coffee and read the newspaper without changing out of her warm, comfy robe.
Then there is Anne, a woman I know who frequently cooks extra food and lovingly sends it across the street to her older neighbor. Anne’s daughter has shown that the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. After her late-night shifts at the local bakery, she always brings the day’s extra bagels to that same older neighbor’s doorstep.
Do these neighbors seem nosy or bothersome to you?
Community members can be our unsung heroes, ready to watch the dog when vacation comes around or lend a cup of sugar when we forget to run to the grocery store. It’s done from the goodness of their hearts and with a smile, because they know that we would do the same for them at a moment’s notice.
To an older individual, neighbors can be more than just a big help—they can be a lifesaver.
According to the Administration on Aging, more than one in four (28%) of noninstitutionalized people older than 65 live alone. When that person is your mother, father, aunt or other loved one, their solitary living situation can be worrisome. And sometimes, our older loved ones are reluctant to ask for our help or don’t know how to do so.
However, neighbors can provide you with peace of mind.
Caring neighbors can serve as an “extra set of eyes” for an older person’s family. These individuals might notice something that could be amiss: mail or newspapers piling up, troubling behaviors, problems occurring after home care providers leave for the day, or even abusive treatment by others.
Another friend of mine lives a few states away from her mother-in-law. When my friend drove over for a visit and pulled into her mother-in-law’s driveway, one of the neighbors ran out of her house and proclaimed, “Thank God the family is here!”
While today society emphasizes privacy, there are few relationships more rewarding than having a neighbor you can count on.
How has a caring neighbor helped you or your older loved one?
Beth BaRoss is the CEO & Founder of A Watchful Neighbor, LLC, a notification/messaging service for homeowners, renters and their loved ones. Over the years, Beth has been proclaimed the “world’s best neighbor” by numerous families in her com
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