No answer to your phone calls, no contact with their neighbors… When should you start worrying when you don’t hear from a senior relative? What can the dangers be?
Silence from a senior relative: when should you start worrying?
First of all, don’t stress out! Start with asking yourself which means of communication the person usually uses. If they use a cellular or wireless phone, it might only be a problem of battery…
Is the senior hard of hearing? Hearing aid devices also need to be charged regularly, otherwise the person may not hear someone knocking at the door or the phone ringing.
If your relative is active, it can also simply be that they are out of the house and busy! You may not know everything about their time schedule.
Of course, not hearing from an elderly relative when you’re trying to contact them can be stressful: fall, stroke, running away… These dangers are particularly serious when the senior suffers from certain conditions and/or is under medical treatment.
The most common causes
If the person you’re trying to reach has a chronic condition and follows a medical treatment, they may have gotten the dosage wrong or have a bad reaction to the medicine.
Warning: Molecules present in certain medication impact the nervous system and blood pressure. It is the case with anxiolytics, but also certain common medications like anti-cough medicine, which can cause drowsiness and disorientation.
- Falls The classic… Seniors can brutally fall and injure themselves. They can also fall more “gently” and try to hand on to a piece of furniture or a wall, but still lose their balance. Finally, a fall can also be the consequence of a stroke or faintness, followed by a loss of consciousness.
In any of those cases, it may be impossible for the senior to warn their relatives or answer your calls. The use of a GPS Weenect tracker, with its warning button that is so easy to push, will prevent your relative from staying on the ground helpless for too long.
- Confusional state
With several potential causes, confusional incidents may have consequences in various situations: medication overdose, hypotension, dehydration, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease… The person is confused and unable to answer solicitations, and can even run away and get lost outside of their house. Again, in this case, a Weenect tracker helps you find your relative in no time.
A few tips to keep them safe
Create a ritual with your senior relative: one or several weekly calls, scheduled at a specific time, will create a reassuring routine and allow you to stay in touch.
Establish a solidarity network around the senior, especially if he/she is isolated or sick. Neighbors, friends, relatives: schedule rounds for cleaning, running errands, and of course, visiting! Also contact local organizations which provide services to the elderly population: visits from the mailman up to 6 times a week, remote assistance, troubleshooting… Find more details on the La Poste website.
An elderly relative, who doesn’t live close, and doesn’t answer your calls, is a source of concern. Whether he/she is in good health or in a more fragile state, using an assistance device like Weenect or requesting help from his/her immediate circle will allow you to keep peace of mind and avoid a stress that is often unjustified… thankfully!