Safety for Seniors at Home

Senior woman in a residential garden

Increase safety for seniors with security-conscious home enhancements. As the population ages and life expectancy increases, more people find themselves spending their years as seniors at home. Continue to do the things you enjoy in the comfortable and secure environment of your home by following these safety tips for the elderly.

Minimize Fall Risk

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falling is the most common accident affecting seniors. A central element of home safety for seniors involves minimizing fall risk. Install safety bars along corridors to provide steady support, and clear your environment of floor coverings or electrical cords that impede your gait. Make use of lighting systems designed to minimize shadowy corners. Motion-sensitive lighting along corridors and around corners allows you to see where you’re going at any hour of the day or night.

Be Prepared for the Unexpected

If an emergency should arise while you are at home, certain preparations can make the event less stressful. Check to be certain your medical and prescription information is up-to-date and easily accessible. Store both a paper copy in the house and a digital copy that you or a family member can access online. To ensure a rapid response, use a senior alert system. Your signal goes to a state-of-the-art Protection 1 monitoring center where professionals are ready to move into action at any time of the day. Useful for either medical emergencies or home intrusions, this small, water-resistant emergency device is easy to wear. A powerful battery ensures that the alarm is always ready, and a five-second lockout button eliminates false alarms.

Maintain Environmental Safety

Minimize the possibility of accidents while supporting senior safety with environmental controls that notify you at the first sign of trouble. Keep your home running safely and smoothly by managing your security system on the spot or remotely. Monitor your home with carbon monoxide and smoke detectors as well as water alarms that detect leaks and flooding, notifying you of slick floors. Temperature monitoring systems prevent excess heat or cold from compromising your health and comfort.

Secure Your Home

Home safety for the elderly involves discouraging unwanted activity in your home. Because security alarms discourage suspicious individuals, homes with security systems installed are far less likely to experience a break-in than are unprotected homes. Use video surveillance to see who is at the door, and install alarms at selected entry points or throughout the house.

Address the concerns about personal senior safety that accompany age by taking a closer look at your home security. By establishing control over a range of monitoring systems, your house becomes a refuge where physical safety enables peace of mind.