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Leaving Your Loved One Home Alone
If it has not already been debated,
the possibility of leaving your loved one alone in your
home is certainly bound to occur. You will no doubt have
many questions to ponder as you decide upon the
prospects of leaving them such as, will they attempt to
go outside?, will they hurt themselves?, or will they
need emergency assistance? This difficult question
involves you the caregiver, and your loved one, who was
once an independent person. The both of you will usually
disagree with the situation, as it is normal for
caregivers to feel their loved one cannot be alone,
while they believe they are fine and healthy enough to
be alone for how ever long. Asking other family members,
health care professionals, and other caregivers for
advice will go a long way to determining the likelihood
of their safety being jeopardized when left alone. Some
other important questions to consider before leaving
them alone for the first time, or if you are questioning
whether they are able to stay alone any longer include:
Are they capable of calling 911 or neighbors if an
Can they distinguish friends and family from strangers
if they are faced with answering the door or having
someone enter the home?
If they are hungry, can they prepare and eat a meal
without your assistance?
Is it easy for them to use the bathroom without your
help, or do they require aid every time. Are there any
other plans in place if they are not able to go to the
bathroom without your help?
How does their behavior and temperament change from when
you leave to when you return? Do they appear angered or
scared at the first sign of you leaving the house?
In case of emergency are they able to leave the home and
seek shelter outside?
Are they aware of smoke alarms and unusual noises, which
may trigger danger, or are they likely to overlook all
Do they suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia, and if so
are they likely to wander off and get lost easily?