Loose Rugs are Menace

by Jeanne
(San Diego, CA)

Hello, I was reading on your site about being the handyman around elderly parents homes, and I got to thinking about how worried I have been about my Dad slipping on some of my Mom's old rugs that have been around for decades. He nearly fell right in front of me the other day so I went shopping for a solution and found this matting that goes under a rug that has been a great help as; 1) he would not part with the rugs, period, and 2)my worries (at least some of them) have gone away.


The big part about it is the guilt I would and do feel if something ever happens that could be prevented. My next job is to try to figure out how to install a bar in the shower/tub to help steady him as he gets in and out....he says things are fine and don't bother, but the thought of him lying flat on his back with the shower running for half a day before we find him keeps me up some nights.

Not going to even get into his driving...THAT is going to have to come to a head VERY soon. The dents on each fender are getting more pronounced AND on each corner...sigh..

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by: Janet

Jeanne - as for the bars of the showers, look for a medical supply store (sells cushions, supplies, wheelchairs etc. to the consumer) in your location and you can find the stick on bars that are easy to install and they hold up pretty good.

As for the drivers permit - if he is having trouble you definitely want to get him to give up driving. Not to mention him hurting himself in an accident you don't want him hurting anyone else and getting sued for everything he owns. His doctor can notify DMV and they will call him in for a test or just ask him to surrender his license and this takes it out of your hands and he won't blame you for him losing his permit.

I am in the same situation and learning how to cope comes in the form of tips and suggestions from others. Hope this helps you.

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