Checklist for elderly home alone
Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.
ElderCarelink.com has developed a 10-point checklist for caregivers before leaving an elderly person alone in their home:
- Do they know where the door is located and can they leave the house in a safe manner?
- If they go outside, do they recognize where they live and understand how to get back inside their house?
- Do they know how to access emergency services? Do they know how and when to dial 911? Are they able to communicate problems over the phone?
- If they leave the house, will they remain close or wander off?
- Can they get to the restroom by themselves and use it on their own? If not, have alternatives been discussed?
- Are they frightened to be left home alone?
- Can they prepare a meal for themselves? Do they know how to use the stove and remember to turn it off?
- Do they understand how to recognize a stranger and have the judgment to identify who they should allow into the home?
- Can they identify danger warnings in the house, such as fire alarms or smoke?
- Do they know where there medication is located? Do they have the cognitive capacity to take the proper medicine in the correct dosages?