March is American Red Cross Month. As a family caregiver, this is the ideal opportunity for you to learn more about potential disaster situations and emergencies, and get tips for what you can do to help your loved one deal with these situations in the way that is right for them. One issue that the American Red Cross emphasizes, particularly as the weather warms up, is the possibility of drought. Helping your loved one find effective ways to conserve water both during times of drought and in other times can help them to benefit the community, protect the environment, and save on their resources.
Use these tips to help your elderly loved one conserve water inside your aging parent’s home:
• Find as many uses for water as you can. Do not just discard water when you can find other uses for it. For example, water that is no longer drinkable may still be usable for watering plants or the garden.
• Repair leaks. Go through the home and carefully evaluate all faucets and water-using appliances for leaks. If you find any, have a professional repair them to prevent the loss of a considerable amount of water each year. Be sure to check the toilet to make sure that the tank is not leaking.
• Shorten showers. Avoid taking baths, which can waste hundreds of gallons of water each year. Instead, take showers. Shorten them by having the water on to get wet, turning it off to lather your hair and body, and then turning it on again to rinse.
• Catch water. Place a bucket in the shower with you to catch excess water that you can then use to water plants or clean throughout the home. If you are letting water run to get it warm or cold, catch it in a bucket or pot to use for other purposes.
• Maximize efforts. Only use your dishwasher or washing machine when it is full, and use the lightest wash feature that is effective.
If you are concerned about your elderly loved one’s ability to handle emergency situations, or have been looking for ways to improve their quality of life and diversity of care, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. An in-home care provider can be a valuable source of support to ensure that your aging loved one gets the care, assistance, and encouragement that they need to handle their individual challenges, limitations, and needs, and to help them through emergency situations that may occur as they age in place. When it comes to important lifestyle choices such as conserving water during time of drought or in an effort to be more environmentally friendly, this care provider can help your parent research ways that they can make a difference, implement these into their care, and support them in making the decisions that are right for them while also achieving the results that they intend. This is not only beneficial to the environment and their well-being, but can stimulate their mind for improved mental, emotional, and cognitive health and function.
If you or an aging loved one are considering in-home care services in Coppell, TX, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands of Preston Hollow today at (214) 420-1212.