When a senior lives alone, personal safety must be addressed. An elderly man or woman who falls and can’t reach a phone could go days or even weeks without anyone noticing something’s amiss. Seniors are often targets for scams. Use these five personal safety tips to make sure your mom or dad is safe when they live alone.
Purchase a Personal Alert System
Start with a personal alert system. These systems connect the wearer with a dispatch system that can find out what the problem is and alert professionals if necessary. A personal alert system has motion sensors that can sense when the person has fallen.
If the person feels sick or dizzy, they can sit down and push the button to get medical assistance. GPS tracking is also possible, so that help is a push of a button away when shopping, taking a walk or going to a friend’s house.
Use Call Blockers
Prevent scams by blocking calls from unlisted or unknown callers. Most phone services offer call blocking. If a call does get through, you can go in and block the number for your parent. Be sure you put their phone number on the Do Not Call registry to help reduce the number of calls they receive from salespeople.
Install Video Camera Doorbells
With today’s technology, there are devices that alert you when someone is at the door. Install one at your parent’s home. Anyone who comes to their door will set off an alarm on your phone. You can then communicate with that person to find out who they are and why they’re there. If there are concerns, you can call authorities.
Install Safety Devices to Prevent Falls
In the bathroom, there should be grab bars near the toilet. You also need one inside the shower or bathtub and one on the wall outside the tub/shower. As your parent steps over the tub wall or steps onto a tile floor, there is something to hold for support.
Sturdy railings need to be installed on all staircases. Make sure they go the entire length of the stairs. These railings should be on outside stairs, too. Make sure a deck, front porch, or steps into a garage have a railing. You might also want to consider placing a rail on a long hallway.
Hire Home Care Services
Caregivers are ideal for personal safety. Your parent has a companion to help start the day and complete daily activities of living. Caregivers provide transportation to appointments and offer medication reminders. Learn more by calling a home care agency.