This chilling article brought back old fears of mine. An 89 year old wife and 90 year old husband living in a 3 story Georgia home were discovered an estimated 4 days after they had died. Their home elevator got stuck. They couldn't get out and didn't have a phone to call for help. According to an Associated Press story, a concerned newspaper carrier, worried that their newspapers were stacking up since July 9th, called 9-1-1.
The idea of that poor couple stuck for a few days is depressing. I didn't realize that temperatures as low as 95 degrees could kill someone. That's scary to read during a hot summer. It probably has something to do with being without water. Having to lie there in the heat with your dead spouse would be a horrifying way to live the last few hours of your life.
My husband and I separated when my son was 2 1/2 months old. I was terrified that something would happen to me and my unattended child would suffer. I mentioned it to a neighbor who told me she'd be sure to come check if it didn't seem I'd been out a day. I knew my office would call if I didn't show up to work.
This week I read a post from someone who had falled and had to lie there for about an hour until someone came to help her up. When my mother was living alone, I was afraid of something like that. If she couldn't get to a phone, she was out of luck. I'd call her almost every day, just in case she needed something. It's great to have elderly parents who are independent, but we all need a back up system.
I believe anyone living alone should make sure they have someone who will check in on them, just in case. One of the reasons I misplace my phone so often is that I carry it around with me much of the time. I can't seem to get my Bluetooth to work so I can just wear the ear piece. After reading this article, I'm going to figure that out.
Because, you just never know.