I would be grateful for anyone thoughts about this difficult issue. My husband is increasingly frail and easily loses his balance. He has agreed not to attempt to go upstairs without someone being with him, to prevent a further fall down them. He reluctantly agreed but his mental state is such that that meant nothing the next time he wanted to go upstairs. And that is just the day time when at least there is the chance that I will notice he is not around downstairs. At night…? (he sleeps downstairs).
An alarm of one sort is an obvious option, but one which means that I would be disturbed at night if it goes off , which I accept is the point, but seems an avoidable disturbance…if we get a stair gate. Hubby and I did once discuss the stair gate option and he was non to happy about it. IN fact he was furious, stating that it was his house and he could go where he wanted and it was tantamount to a restriction of his liberty.
Today I have put it to him that it is a balance between liberty and risk. He accepts that but says he is no more of a risk than anyone else, which is patently obviously ridiculous but he cannot see that.
Am minded to install some kind of gate and be damned but thought I would just see if anyone else has any thoughts about how to resolve this dilemma (apart from moving to a bungalow or ground floor accommodation!)