There a many ideas to Keep Senior Citizens Safe but several important ones have to be considered as the population ages. In this article we will give you 2 specific ideas that you can take to keep safe, whether you are a Senior or you have Seniors you are concerned about.
An elderly Hispanic senior citizen man petting his dog with a large smile on his face.
As Seniors age they become more vulnerable to accidents around the home. This state of affairs happens so slowly that many times it goes un-noticed until its to late. The Seniors will not tell others they are having trouble for fear of losing control of their lives and having someone dictate their actions.
Losing control is so gradual that it transfers into more accidents in the home or apartment an also you can see it in their driving habits as well.
As your Parents or as you age it is important to pay attention to capabilities. Are you or your seniors capable of living along with some assistance? As technology has progressed it is now possible to keep an eye on your seniors or if you are a senior you can monitor your own actions.
Many home automation systems offer the capability to keep an eye on daily activities from anywhere in the world. There are important activities that can me easily watched without interfering with your seniors or your own daily actions. Let’s loo at a few:
- Keep track of when appliances are left on and get notified.
- Monitor when someone enters or leaves the home or apartment.
- Make sure water is turned off.
- Learn when anyone goes into a medicine cabinet or liquor cabinet.
- have video feed of activities is necessary
- Much more can be watched based on the condition of the senior.
There are many more add-on’s that can be added as needed. This can be done with out effecting privacy and intrusion. Along with home automation most systems come with monitored security. The one recommended in the link above is DIY [do it yourself] and can be used as needed.
One of the places in the home that has biggest potential for accidents is the bathroom. Making sure that the bathroom is safe can be done simply with a few modifications. Also if there is a second floor in the home making sure that the senior has adequate access to the second floor in order to resume normal living.
In the bathroom having a walk in tub compatible with the seniors needs can be easily accomplished. There are many ad’s in the media that present the different types of products to provide safety in the bathroom.
Find a walk in tub that fits your needs and difficulties. When looking one of the issues that you will always want to pay attention to the aesthetics of the home. Does it fit in with the decor of the bathroom? Is it really attractive in the eyes of others so in the case of resale it will not hamper the sale and cost money.
Another point is that when doing home improvements DO NOT pay all the money up front. Also use a company that has a good rating with the Better Business Bureau and also make sure that the vendor you choose has proper insurance so you are not libel for any injuries.
Watch out for progressive changes in your Senior family members or if you are a Senior and looking inward to your life style and see progressive changes please contact someone to guide you in making sure that your lifestyle does not get compromised.
Let’s address the Senior family member, visit them often but not to the point of being obnoxious. Monitor their driving habits and living habits and contact a professional if you don’t know how to handle it yourself.
Please make sure that you Senior’s life style and dignity are maintained and that they can live the lifestyle they imagined through out their life. Any abrupt change will send a signal that they are incomplete and not worthy to live their life in comfort. Slowly, create an environment of comfort and excitement in their lives.