It’s a rare treat when I get my mom to visit longer than a day because the norm when she leaves Delaware for New York is to be in the city. Makes sense. But I convinced her a week in the country sun would be fun and lo and behold, she accepted! Now let’s hope and pray we actually get some sun!!
Then my mind went into protect mode – making sure Mom is safe while she is here. What can she trip on? The patio! Yikes. I won’t be able to let her out there alone.
She’s going to stay in the master bedroom. It’s on the first floor and is private and away enough she can have total peace and quiet at night. We’ll go upstairs, except for Dawg whose bedroom puff I’ll move. Dawg can not go up or down the stairs and while my mother COULD, I’d never sleep a wink thinking she could fall down the stairs.
The biggest issue to address is the bathtub. It’s deep, very very deep, so deep I’m not sure why I bought that model and honestly, when I did pick it out, it didn’t look that deep. Anyway, it’s even close to being too deep for ME to climb in. My mom is 100% a tub person so I have to find a way she can bathe without getting IN the tub or getting soaked in the shower.
So I bought a chair that I’ll place on the floor next to the tub and she can take a sponge bath. I don’t even want her to sit on the edge of the tub.
I think this should work.
Then there are the area rugs. In the hallway leading to the MBR is a simple cotton rug with a grip kind of pad underneath it so it doesn’t move but I think maybe I should take the rug away altogether??
Would it be better gone completely so that she doesn’t catch her foot on the edge walking from the bedroom to the bathroom? Or would the wood floors be more of a slip hazard? I don’t know. I can tack down the corners better with some rug tape if you think keeping the rug is the better option.
The bed itself is fairly high off the ground and I am not sure my mom can climb into it at her 5′ height. Plus, there’s no rug by either side of the bed, only a small area rug in front of the bed, not for us, but for Dawg, because she hates all the hardwood floors on her aging body.
I bought a little step, that has safety grip pads for no-slip, but I can’t decide if it too is MORE of a hazard, especially at night, not seeing it or stepping on it wrong. Lord, this is worrisome.
Or maybe I put a fully gripped runner by the bed and this ON the rug??? I am conflicted.
Then there’s the den, where the rug pad has moved enough that it’s not completely under the rug in that room, such that the edge, the corner, walking from the bedroom through the hall into the kitchen, this corner is a hazard. My family knows to walk around it and I’ve folded it under so no one will slip if they forget, so I have to make a huge point of telling my mother it’s there. maybe I put a large traffic cone on it?? 🙂
Any thoughts? Suggestions? She’s excited about being here seeing the lilac and maybe even a peony or two will bloom. She wants to sit out in the sun, and added that getting away is always fun. I’ll go down to Delaware to pick her up and bring her home too.
Yes folks, I AM the good daughter!