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Why It's Important to Check On Your Parents Each Day When They Age at Home

Have you ever stopped to think about the time your parents spend alone? It’s likely that they’re home for days or even weeks without anyone stopping by. Here are four experiences families faced that highlight the importance of why you should check on your parents at least once a day when they age at home.

Missing Man Found in His Home

In October, a family reported their father was missing from his Indiana home. Investigators finally found his body behind clutter in his home in early December. They say he appears to have fallen behind items he was hoarding and became stuck.

Man Found Five Days After a Fire

Five days after a fire tore through an apartment building, workers went into check damage and found an elderly man sitting in his chair. Surprisingly, the man only had minor injuries. Somehow, the man’s family and friends didn’t report him missing and no one noticed him on a sweep of the building during and after the fire.

New York Man Went Without Heat for Years

A startling news story hit New York papers in early 2018. An elderly man was found dead of hypothermia in his brownstone. His gas/heat had been shut off since 2014. The gas company had no way to report it to an agency. The reclusive older man did not have friends or family checking in on him regularly.

Missouri Woman Found on Roof

An elderly woman walked up to her apartment building’s roof where she died from exposure. The woman had a problem with sleepwalking. No one was around when she became confused after taking too many pills and ended up on the roof. There the cold overnight temperatures and wind chills lead to hypothermia.

New England Resident Falls in Bathroom

An elderly woman in New England fell while getting out of her shower. Her family happened to check on her every few days. When they stopped by, they found her unconscious with a head injury and a broken arm. She was taken to the hospital, but she didn’t recover from her injuries.

If you live too far away to check on your mom and dad every day, caregivers are an option. Caregivers can stop by and make sure your parents have taken their medication, are eating meals, and have help with household chores. Call a home care agency to discuss how much caregivers cost.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care Services in Troy, MI, please contact the caring staff at Alliance Senior Care today. Call (248) 274-2170.


Dina Zubi Hurnevich

Director and Co-Owner at Alliance Senior Care
Dina is the Director and co-owner of Alliance Senior Care, which provides care for seniors in their own home so that they may age in place serving Oakland, Wayne and Macomb Counties since 2009. Dina is also a Care Manager Certified (CMC) and a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP).

Alliance Senior Care provides all the services that a senior would need to remain in their own home, housekeeping, meal preparation, companionship, bathing, dressing, shopping, errands and transportation to activities, as well as care coordination and Geriatric Care Management Services. Alliance Senior Care has expertise in providing dementia care, Alzheimer's care, hospice care, identifying alternative financing solutions and care coordination. Alliance Senior Care has developed relationships with the largest Long Term Care Insurance companies in the industry including; John Hancock, Lincoln Financial, Bankers Life, CNA and others. Dina has a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Indiana University. She left her career in corporate Finance to start Alliance Senior Care with her husband, Brian. Dina has also had the very personal experience of caring for her own family members. She is an active member of the Aging Life Care Association.