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Essentials: Safe and Secure

Essentials: Safe and Secure

Regardless of age, living at home and maintaining independence is a priceless feeling. And, with age comes certain risks and concerns for safety and security. As we age, we tend to become more vulnerable, physically and emotionally. Senior citizens are at a greater risk of falls, accidents, and, unfortunately, scams. Fortunately, there are several precautionary measures that can be taken to ensure the safety and security of our beloved senior citizens who are living at home. Hence, in this blog post, we present a few essential safety tips that will help senior citizens to feel more secure and assure them that they can avoid risks and live more independently. 

  1. Prevent Accidents:

As we age, we become more prone to accidents and injuries. The first step towards preventing accidents is to eliminate any potential hazards inside the home. Remove any unwanted objects or furniture that could cause a fall. Make sure carpets and rugs are tacked down and that all electrical cords are safely tucked away. Adding grab bars in the bathroom, shower, and near the toilet can reduce the risk of falls. A sturdy chair with a handle can be placed nearby for support. It may also be useful to install anti-slip mats in the bathroom to prevent slipping, especially around the shower area. 

  1. Stay Alert and Vigilant:

Scammers and fraudsters often target senior citizens, who are more trusting and may not be aware of the latest scams. It is important to advise senior citizens to be cautious in their dealings with strangers over the phone or the internet, such as avoiding opening emails or attachments from unknown sources. Remind them not to provide any personal information, especially financial information, over the phone or internet. Encourage them to double-check the caller’s identity before sharing any information. 

  1. Create Stronger Communication:

Create a stronger communication line between the senior citizen and family members, friends, or relatives. Stay connected by communicating regularly, by phone or with visits. Have them share their daily routines with loved ones to enable timely intervention if required. Ensure that emergency contact numbers are easily accessible and quickly accessible from throughout the home. 

  1. Create a Safe and Secure Environment:

Installing a security system or doorbell camera can provide senior citizens with more peace of mind when they’re home alone. It also acts as a deterrent for potential intruders. Gates or fences around the property may also provide added security and safety. Make sure that all the doors and windows have sturdy locks that would be difficult to force open. 

  1. Seek Assistance:

Finally, do not hesitate to seek assistance or advice from experts if any safety concerns or issues arise. More often than not, there are resources available in your local community that allow you to speak to experts to help with your unique issues. You could even hire a professional who can help evaluate the home’s safety and security, provide tips and suggestions, and assist with equipment installation. 

Aging can be a graceful process, and as we age, taking proper precautions can help us do it with dignity and independence. Safety measures and precautions help senior citizens to live more securely and reassure them that they’re not left out from the rest of society. Providing additional safety and security is a proactive step to ensure that senior citizens can continue to live at home and enjoy their independence. Even simple measures can make big differences in seniors’ lives, such as keeping the bathroom floors dry, providing proper lighting, or even eliminating trip hazards. By taking a few vital steps today, senior citizens can help ensure they are secure and protected at home tomorrow. 

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