The home is where you should feel your safest and most secure.
Unfortunately, for many elderly adults, being in the home alone can leave them feeling unsafe and afraid. As a family caregiver, you should be aware of how much this can negatively impact your senior and their ongoing quality of life. Taking steps to help your senior feel safe when they are home alone can help them to enjoy better mental and emotional health, experience a greater sense of security, and have a more enjoyable lifestyle as they age in place.
Try these tips to help your senior feel safe when they are home alone:
-Make sure they have a high-quality locking system on all doors and windows that access the outside. Go through this with your senior so they are able to engage them independently. When you are with your senior to handle care tasks, be sure to end the day going over these locks again to make sure they are secure.
-Make sure the outside of the home is well-illuminated. Consider having motion-activated lights near their driveway, in their backyard, and near doors
-Encourage them to use a medical alert device that can detect falls so they can feel secure even if they struggle with mobility issues. These devices are usually worn as pendants or bracelets and can actually detect when your senior has fallen and got in touch with the appropriate authorities to get them the help they need to deal with any injuries that might have occurred
-Encourage them to install a home monitoring system that can detect intrusions as well as fires and get in touch with the appropriate authorities to handle it promptly and effectively
If your senior is dealing with health challenges that are likely to worsen, such as a progressive condition including Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease, home care can make a tremendous difference for them and for you as their family caregiver.
An in-home senior care services provider can be there for your parent to help them cope with the challenges they are facing now, as well as preparing them for the limitations they might experience moving forward. This means you as their family caregiver can feel more confident in their continued ability to manage their needs and live a high quality of life as they age in place even as they are dealing with these challenges.