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Seniors who live alone have greater independence than those in assisted living, but with that independence comes more concern about their safety. Seniors are at greater risk of injury as well as being victimized by thieves and intruders. It’s understandable that seniors as well as their loved ones may be concerned about their safety while living alone. However, there are some preventative steps seniors who live alone can take to help ensure they will be safer in their own homes. Here are some senior safety tips that seniors who live alone should consider.
Use a Medical Alert System
Living alone, seniors have only themselves to rely on in case of a medical emergency. If a senior falls and can’t get to a phone, a medical alert system can be crucial in notifying emergency responders and getting help before it’s too late.
Motion sensors that are triggered by movement can be a powerful deterrent to burglars or home intruders who prey on seniors. Because most of these criminals look for the easiest opportunity to strike, having motion sensors that emit a loud noise can ward off intruders.
Improve Fire Safety
Improving home safety for seniors includes keeping a close eye on fire safety in the home. Make sure smoke detectors are fully functional, and keep fire extinguishers in easy-to-reach places near the oven or stove.
Prevent Tripping and Falling
One of the most important safety measures for the elderly is removing tripping and falling hazards. Make sure rooms are properly lit; handrails are installed in appropriate places; and floors and staircases are free of obstructions that might cause a fall.
Get to Know the Neighbors
Seniors who live alone should get to know the people living around them. Not only does this build a better sense of security, but it also can help create a network of support from which seniors can draw, in the event of an emergency.
Ask for Regular Check-Ins
Seniors who live alone may benefit from asking family members or close friends to regularly check in on them. Just a quick visit to say hello or share a cup of coffee on a weekly basis can be a good excuse to ensure someone will be coming to make sure everything is all right.
Always Have Emergency Numbers Accessible
In the event of an emergency, seniors who live alone should have access to the people who can help them. Keeping a list of emergency numbers — including emergency services as well as family contacts — written out near the phone or programmed into a smartphone, can mean help will be just moments away in case of trouble.