Safety Tips for Home Alone Seniors
A senior’s health is not what it was when they were in their twenties and a single fall could mean big trouble for them.
According to a survey conducted in 2014 by the Administration of Aging, there are approximately 12.5 million seniors that live alone. If you are one of these seniors, it is important you practice safety precautions to ensure your living environment is as secure as possible. People with experience in life and wisdom are more susceptible to falling, but they are also at risk of falling victim to theft. This is because a criminal, like a river, wants to take the path of least resistance and they see older people as least resistance. Here are a few safety tips for seniors who live alone.
- Fall-proof living environment
60 percent of falls happen in the safety of their own home. You can make simple changes in your living space to help reduce the chances of a fall occurring at home. NIH Senior Health recommends that you improve the lighting in the home, install handrails, and remove all safety hazards on and around the staircase.
- Keep emergency numbers at the ready
Accidents are unpredictable, so it is important to keep a list of emergency numbers near each phone, and ready to go on their cell. This list should include family members, friend’s contact number, health care provider, and 911.
- Motion sensor lighting
Installing motion sensor lighting will make thieves think twice about breaking into that home. If anyone makes it to the door or window, the lights will turn and they will think you are home and flee.
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