Safety and Security Measures for Seniors
Guest Post by: Jessica Coates
People are getting older and living longer. Seniors are valued members of society, but they are more vulnerable than the young and middle-aged. Most seniors want to be autonomous for as long as possible, but they also want to feel safe while they are alone at home.
Many thieves will target seniors, as they may feel that they won’t put up much of a fight. Seniors may also burn themselves by accident, or they may trip and fall and injure themselves.
Here, we will focus on safety and security measures for seniors that can help them maintain their dignity and independence.
Different Safety and Security Measures to be Taken for Seniors
The safety, happiness and well-being of seniors should be a top priority in any decent, civilized society. Seniors have worked hard throughout their lives and deserve to enjoy their twilight years in peace.
Below, we have outlined some safety and security measures that can help protect seniors from harm.
Remove Fall Hazards
To begin, you should try to remove all fall hazards. Arguably the biggest risk that most seniors face is getting injured due to a fall. To prevent falls you should remove your throw rugs.
Old furniture that has seen better days can fall apart and cause harm. We would suggest that you either discard or donate old appliances and furniture to GoodWill.
The footwear that you wear or leave around your home should also be of the non-slip variety, as their traction will help reduce the risk of a fall. Clutter should also be removed as soon as possible. Debris should be cleaned, and any objects that may pose a threat should be stored in a safe place.
In addition to removing obstacles and tripping hazards, you should also clean your floors regularly to further reduce the risk of a fall due to spillages.
Keep Emergency Numbers Handy
Provide your children and grandchildren with your emergency contact details if you are living alone or if you plan on leaving the home for a prolonged period of time.
It’s a good idea to learn how to use modern android devices, as they may help save your life if you fall or are the victim of a crime. Android devices can be used to make phone calls, record audio and capture video footage that can be admissible as evidence in court.
You can also install emergency response applications that will immediately notify the appropriate authorities if you are attacked or injured. Poison control, 911 and emergency contacts, such as friends and family, are just some noteworthy examples.
You should have your healthcare provider and/or caregiver’s contact information available at all times so that you can quickly reach them.
Ensure the Washroom is Safe
Another important safety tip: Ensure that you have a safe washroom. Many people slip and fall while they are in the washroom. They may slip on a bar of soap or on some shampoo or conditioner. They may also fall while they are on the toilet or while they are trying to get out of the bathtub.
Clean your floor and washroom at least once per week. Rubber mats should also be set in your bathtub to reduce the risk of a fall. We would also suggest that you replace your regular bathtub with a walk-in bathtub instead, as they are designed for people with limited mobility.
Installing a nightlight in your bathroom is a simple way to reduce the risk of a fall. For example, you may need to get up in the middle of the night in order to use your bathroom, so having a nightlight may help you find your way to the washroom and the toilet without any accidents.
A hand-held showerhead may also allow you to wash thoroughly without injuring your neck or back.
Install Modern Security Devices
In addition, we recommend that you install modern security devices. Protect your home and your immediate surroundings by installing a top-of-the-line security system.
Install an automatic door opener for easy access to rooms without placing any undue strain on your body. Video alarms systems can also help protect you from burglars.
You can ask that your provider include 24/7 surveillance monitoring. The service will not only protect you should a crime take place but will protect you if you are injured while at home.
If you suffer from a heart attack or stroke, then the surveillance personnel will notify the nearest hospital so that a paramedic can be rushed to your door.
Fires can also be prevented by installing fire detectors, and smoke inhalation can be prevented by installing smoke detectors.
You should ensure that all of your doors and windows are locked and check to ensure that your basement and garage doors are locked too. Deadbolt locks can also provide additional protection, and motion sensor detectors can reduce the risk of a break-in.
Never open your door to a stranger, even if they seem nice and friendly. Report any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood to the police. Self-defence classes are worth considering as these could teach you to defend yourself should someone break into your home.
Plus, be on the lookout for scams that target seniors. Never give out personal information, such as credit card information or your PIN number, to anyone. Finally, do not tell anyone other than close friends and family that you are going on a vacation.
Thieves may target social media platforms in order to find easy targets, so keep such details to yourself. It’s a good idea to ask a trusted friend or relative to house sit while you are away from home.
Senior security should be a top priority. By following the steps that we have outlined you should be able to protect yourself from a slip and fall accident, or other injuries that may be caused by an illness or a disease.
If you live on your own then having a home alarm system can provide additional protection to give you peace of mind.
Our thanks to Jessica Coates for this informative guide to safety and security measures for seniors.
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