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As for "warehousing", retirement communities and independent living facilities actually gives an elder MORE freedom and MORE choices.
At this one retire community that is near by, my parents could have an condo the same square footage as their current home... my parents could go grocery shopping every day if they wish as the place has transportation instead of waiting for me to shop for them... go to the indoor swimming pool which Dad would love... to the gym to work out those kinks... to one of the two restaurants.... go back to church on Sunday.... or just walk around the lovely grounds and talk to people their own age. They don't have those choices at their current home.
My new stove doesn't have any of that.... now at night to double check to see if the stove was on, I now have to turn on the kitchen light and check each burner/stove.... instead of looking at the stove in dark for the bright red light :(
This is a manual timer, simple to use, like many alarm timers. Just turn a knob to the right amount of time. This winds a spring and it slowly clicks around till the time is up, then turns off the power.
We added a big red light to ours, so it's easy to see when it's on.
Btw, my husband is continuing to improve! Apparently there was no real dementia, just some combinations of low blood sugar and change in meds.
Again thanks to Carol for telling me last year that a tiny difference such as release time, or manufacturer, or even color(!) can make a big difference in effects of the 'same' medicine. Getting him back to Sandoz bupropion has changed our lives! God bless you all!
The micro wave can also present problems. They may forget that tin pans and silverware don't go into the microwave.
The heat/air thermostat is also problematic. I had to put a protective plastic box with a lock over it, because she would turn the heat up to 85 when it was 80 outside.
Sometimes, it's more than just the issue of forgetting to turn off the stove.
If on those rare occasions that Mom does use the stove, she always turns on a portable timer that will ring pretty loud if she should doze off while waiting for something to finish cooking.