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"How do I help my Mom?"
Look into having a caregiver for her that can help with driving to keep her active and social. A reputable company like Home Instead Senior Care does background checks and can give her a regular caregiver who she will be able to get to know and trust - and who will be matched to her preferences. She doesn't even have to give anyone a key.
You can also get her a lock box that holds a key, to be kept on the outside of the house, with a code.
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Tell her this would make you feel better, by redirecting the concern away from her and onto yourself she will feel more in control, believing you feel she still can make her own decisions.
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My Mom is a young 93, the only thing slowing her down is her eye sight. She lives along in her home of 40yr and dose everything herself with a little help from me,(her only child), and her two grandsons. She goes to club, Women’s Fitness for swinging and has numerous friends and outing the she plans herself.
I would like her to get Life Alert, but she refuses stating she doesn’t trust giving the key to her house to anyone. That includes me and her very good neighbor that is always doing stuff for her. She has always had trust issues; I can remember it being the same as a small child so this is nothing new. But now at her age I feel she should trust some one with a key incase we need to help her out. She fell the week before Christmas feeding the bird on her patio and broke her nose. She called the ambulance and went to the hospital, everything checked out OK, but I didn't find out until after the fact. This tenacity is what has keep her going, but how do I help her out?????