While it is understandable that seniors would want to remain in their own homes for as long as possible, it can be hard on their children who worry that something will happen to them while they are alone. Luckily there are many ways to increase the safety and security of a senior’s home so that they can continue to live in comfort without worrying their children.
1.Use an emergency pendant
One of the best ways to help an elderly parent remain independent is to invest in an emergency pendant.
Tied to a monitored security system in the home, these pendants can be worn on the wrist or around the neck and provide your older parents with an immediate connection to emergency personnel should anything happen. Many of them also include fall detection that’s able to track movement and send help if a fall is sensed.
2. Get a dog or cat
Having a pet in the house can not only make living alone more comfortable and less stressful, it is also a good way to dissuade potential thieves who hate dealing with noisy pets. Even if they do not feel like taking care of a pet or are simply unable to, placing a sign in your front window warning people of your big dog can help prevent opportunistic burglars.
3. Know your neighbors
It’s always a good idea to get to know your neighbors when living alone. Not only can they help you out with a cup of sugar when you need it, but they will keep a closer eye on your property if they know you and will help you out in an emergency.
4. Always have emergency info handy
Having all of your required emergency information in one central, handy location in the house can be a big help when calling for assistance.
5. Ask for help
Most accidents occur in the home and often because an elderly person tried to do something they shouldn’t have done alone, like moving a large or heavy piece of furniture or trying to reach something that is too high up on a shelf. Ask for help when required to prevent serious injuries.
6. Fake it
Looking like you are not alone can be a powerful tool when confronted with potentially dangerous situations. If the doorbell rings when you are not expecting someone, for example, call loudly, “I’ll get it,” as you walk to the door. You may feel silly, but a potential criminal may think twice before trying to enter your home.
7. Have a safety buddy
Everyone who lives alone should have a safety buddy that they talk to every day at the same time. If they do not hear from you, they should be instructed to reach out and make sure everything is okay.
8. Install outdoor motion sensor lights
Motion sensor lights are a huge help in dissuading opportunistic thieves who will think twice about trying to enter your home once bathed in bright light.
9. Have a friend around when expecting workers
If you are expecting a visit from a plumber, cable repair man, or another worker, have a friend or family member come by and visit with you. This will make you less of a target for unscrupulous repairmen who may be scoping the place out.
10. Guard your keys
Protecting your keys is always an important aspect of home security, especially when you live alone. If you lose your keys, be sure to have the locks changed as soon as possible and never write your address or name on your keys in case someone else gets their hands on them.
Personal security does get more difficult as we age, but as long as you take these steps towards safety, you’ll never be left completely helpless. For more information about how you can protect yourself, your home, or that of your elderly parents, contact PROTECTION PLUS ® today!