Among the most fundamental issues for a large number of senior citizens who live on their own is the ability to be independent and actually feel safe inside their own home. Fortunately enough, it is very possible for these senior citizens to safely live on their own owing to a number of practical safety tips.
First on the list. Strong locks on Strong Doors. This will go a long way in ensuring that no one breaks into the home. Remember to remind seniors that they need to remember to lock all doors and windows, not just the front door. Try making it part of their nightly routine. (for more on this see our article on how to secure doors and windows)
It will also be very beneficial to have safety bars installed inside the bathroom close to the toilet and to the shower and to ensure that the railings for going up and down stairs are very secure and safe. Also ensure that they have all been installed at heights that are comfortable to avoid the need to strain or reach for them.
Another important thing that you should do is to make sure that the lighting inside the house is adequate and that all forms of tripping hazards which include cables and rugs are not carelessly lying in the way or are firmly attached to the floor. It may also be a good idea to have motion activated lights installed to alert you any time a person gets into the room. (for more tips on this see our article on How to Prevent Falls)
It will also be a good idea to have an emergency alert system installed as this will ensure a very high level of security and safety. These emergency alert devices which include personal emergency response systems and medical alert systems give senior citizens the chance to go with their daily activities in confidence that they get needed help at the press of a button. Emergency alert or medical alert systems are very small in size thus they are light weight and easy to carry around. Usually they can be worn on a keychain, neck or wrist. In some cases, these devices can call a neighbor, paramedic or family member.
For a little added security, try the Barking Dog Alarm. It sees through walls and give out a loud convincing bark when intruders approach.
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