February 7, 2020
Since living alone is a major benefit for seniors, in order to maintain independence and security, seniors who plan on living alone as long as possible should take into consideration the following safety tips.
Stay healthy. Injury is one of the major risks to seniors who live alone. In order to remain safe and happy in their homes, things like exercise, a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water can benefit the elderly.
Build a group of friends. One of the most dangerous things for seniors living alone is senior isolation. Studies have shown that senior isolation can contribute to depression and poor health. By maintaining a social life, overall health and wellbeing is increased.
Keep medication on hand. Keeping extra medication on hand can eliminate frantic trips to the pharmacy, along with making it easier to stay on track if the senior misplaces their medication.
Create a disaster kit. In the event of a power outage, freezing weather, or natural disaster, all people; especially seniors, should have a disaster kit that includes items such as dried food, blankets, bottled water, flashlights, medical supplies, etc.
Keep your home repaired. Living in a home with potential hazards, such as exposed cords and slippery stairs is very dangerous for seniors who live alone. By keeping the home in good repair, you can prevent potential hazards.
Lock doors and windows. Since the risk of theft and burglary is increased when a senior lives alone, it is smart to ensure that your doors and windows are locked at all times.
Consider an alert system. In the event of a fall or an accident, help can be summoned by simply pressing the button on the installed alert system.
Install a peephole. Since seniors are often targeted by scammers and thieves, it would be beneficial to install a peephole in their door so that they can keep tabs on who is knocking before they expose themselves to strangers.
Install a home security system. Installing a home security system can help spot any suspicious activity.
Create a list of emergency contacts. Creating a list of the senior’s medical professionals, family members and friends, and keeping it next to the phone can ensure the safety and proper care of the elderly.
Install motion-activated lights. By installing motion-activated lights, you can help spot suspicious activity and ensure that neighbors can identify an attempted burglary if one were to take place.
When travelling, have friends/family pick up packages. In order to keep your home safe from potential thieves, a friend or family member should retrieve the senior’s mail/packages, so that the house doesn’t look vacant.
Install grab bars. Due to water and slippery floors, the bathroom becomes the highest-risk place for falls, so seniors should consider installing grab bar in the shower and around the toilet.
Check-in often. By checking in with family members and friends, it makes it easier for your loved ones to spot potential dangers.