The safety of your parents can be challenging to manage as they age. You want to keep them safe, while helping them maintain their independence. Understanding senior safety is the first step to helping make the aging process easier for everyone.
Do you know where the most unsafe areas are in a home for seniors? We recommend making it a priority to check your aging parent’s home once a year to ensure every safety precaution is being made to avoid unsafe home conditions.
Here are a few things to consider:
- Fire prevention. Keep a working smoke detector and fire extinguisher on every floor. In the event of a fire, these will help notify a parent (even someone with a hearing impairment) of the potential emergency situation and help them distinguish the flames, if possible.
- Help when they need it. Living alone can mean there is no one to assist in an emergency. Emergencies can happen fast, and falls or injuries may prevent someone from being able to access a phone or to contact assistance. Is there a family member or neighbor that can check in on a regular basis? There is also good technology available to assist your parent when an emergency arises. Wireless personal emergency pendants, and their associated technology have improved dramatically in past years, while costs have continued to drop. Other technology systems can monitor the home for activity (or lack of activity), monitor medication schedules, and access video from the home.
- Fall zones. Falls are the most common home accidents and there are many ways you can reduce the risk of fallen for your aging parent. Remove or tack down loose rugs to eliminate tripping hazards. Look for extraneous television or phone cords and remove them from high traffic areas. To reduce the risk of falling around stairs, install sturdy rails for stairs inside and outside your home.
Is your loved one safe in their own home? Your safety and satisfaction are our top priority. Let us help provide your family with some peace of mind. With the EMC Medical Alert System, our trustworthy monitoring center provides certified, local, 24-hour monitoring, which means your loved one is always protected. Plus, our system is affordable and powerful with a range spreading across your entire home and yard.