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Introducing Safety in My Mother's Home
Part 1

While on a visit home to my mother in Ireland just last month, I had to face what every child of a stubborn woman would deem as her worst nightmare, introducing change all over the house for safety reasons. Trying to convince my mother was going to be the hardest thing to do. Yes, I’m in the Home Care business for 26 years, but all of that went out the window when it came down to reality.

Due to her arthritis my mother has mobility issues and cannot vacuum or clean as well as she would want to. I first had to make her home safer before tackling the housecleaner pitch. I asked her if I could vacuum, and as I went along I picked up all kinds of rugs, runners and mats, 16 in all. These were treacherous, and a major trip hazard. After inspection, we saw a more open, cleaner looking place. She only decided to keep just one mat at the front door. Overall, it was a huge success.

Decluttering the Kitchen

My mother loves gadgets, especially in her kitchen. I told her she needed more counter space, so I unplugged everything! I retired the Foreman Grill, coffee maker, waffle iron, and sandwich maker. She had a huge food processor and an old microwave the size of her old TV. I put them all aside, but left her electric kettle and toaster plugged in.

She loved the counter space, and all she wanted was a new smaller microwave. She was happy with that. The trunk of the car was now filled with items in good working order, but I was far from finished. I had her neighbor come in and check the wiring all over the house. I had him explain why all those old appliances left plugged in were dangerous, and she totally agreed. At the end of the day we drove the car full of appliances to the Wheelchair Assoc for a large donation.

Less is More... For Now

My mother has fallen often, so she agreed to a “lifeline” installation in her bedroom. She won’t wear the bracelet now, but I’m not done yet. I have to return mid September, and I have a lot of other things I need to work with her on. So far she agrees that "less is more," and that there's no point in keeping stuff that isn't used. I asked her to think about our next project, and she has decided on the bathroom. Hopefully she’ll agree to a walk-in shower without a tub. To be continued...!

-Sash Nagle
Owner, Irish Help At Home

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