Do you know any of your mom’s neighbors? It’s not uncommon to hear of people who have never even met their own neighbors. It’s understandable if you’ve never met the people living next door or across the street from your mom. You should, however, and here’s why.
Neighbors Provide Companionship
If your mom lives alone, a neighbor can be a source of companionship. While your mom is out walking her dog or working in her garden, her neighbor can stop by for a quick chat. Even if it’s not a long time, your mom will benefit from talking to someone and breaking up her normal routine.
As your mom gets to know her neighbors, she may find herself joining her neighbor for a walk or cup of coffee. She might find herself gaining a helper as she works in the garden. Neighbors may decide to hold a potluck block party where all of the people on your street get together. These gatherings improve security and socialization for everyone on a street.
Neighbors Can Alert You to Unusual Activity
Your mom’s mail is piling up. She hasn’t gone outside in two days. You don’t live close enough to check on her. When a neighbor is paying attention, they can notify you if something seems off. With that information, you can ask authorities to perform a welfare check. You can also make the drive and see if your mom is okay.
Neighbors can also alert you to unusual cars in the driveway or people they don’t recognize coming in and out of the house. It may turn out to be nothing, but if it is, you can get your mom help before it’s too late.
Neighbors Are Handy for Emergency Situations
When your mom knows her neighbors, she has someone nearby for emergencies. If her carbon monoxide detector goes off, she has a house she can go to and call the fire department or gas company and wait for them to find the problem. She can go to her neighbors if her furnace stops working or there’s a fire.
In addition to having neighbors as a back-up for emergencies, your mom should have someone checking on her during the week. Caregivers can help her with housework, cook meals, and take her shopping. Home care services also include medication reminders, bedding changeovers, and laundry. Learn more by calling a home care agency.
If you or an aging loved one is considering Elder Care in Lorton, VA, please contact the caring staff at Access Home Care Inc. Proudly Serving Northern Virginia and Surroundings for over 12 years. Call Us: (703) 765-9350
“My desire to enter into nursing started when one of my older sisters died of kidney disease due to lack of care. At age 15, I decided to enter into nursing so that I could provide quality care to patients.Upon arrival in United States at 21 years of age, I enrolled in T.C Willliams School of Practical Nursing while working as a nursing assistant at a nursing home. I also worked as a part-time home health aide to take of the elderly. After completion of my practical nurse education, I worked in geriatric psychiatry unit at Dominion Hospital and Arlington Correctional facility mental health unit.
I completed Marymount University in 2001 and entered into Home Care as a field case manager.
I held that position for 2 years and as an Administrator, and for another 2 years until Access Home Care was found in 2004."
Today, Access Home Care has over 300 employees and 286 clients.
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