Allowing your elderly family to age at home can be very liberating for them, but it can also be stressful. Helping to keep your family safe can be a whole job in itself. If you have elderly family who are living at home, there are some tips you can enact to make their home safer and help prevent injury.
1. Make the House Slip-proof
Did you know that “falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults,” according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Making sure that rugs are secured and clutter is removed can help prevent falls. You can also install grab bars and handrails in strategic locations and urging your family member to wear non-slip footwear. Don’t forget: balance issues can be indicative of other health problems so if an elderly family member is having particular trouble, make sure you follow-up with their doctor.
2. Keep Medications Safe
It’s likely that your elderly family members are on one or several medications. It’s important that those medications are properly taken and stored. If you’re worried about someone taking the meds at the wrong time or too often, consider adding home security with a smart sensor on the medicine cabinet. This allows you to get a notification when the door is open for tracking purposes. Learn more about smart sensors.
3. Check-in Frequently
When your elderly parents or family members are living alone in their home, it’s important to make sure they are doing well regularly. Part of this requires physically visiting their house to say hello. But what if you could check in from your phone at any time? Home security cameras allow you to access a live feed from the Guardian App. This allows you to check-in at any time, with convenience.
4. Wear a Med Alert Button
Emergencies can happen at any time, when elderly family members are home alone. If something goes wrong, your family member may not be able to get to the phone to call for help. A medical alert button can be worn as a bracelet or necklace and allows a signal to go to our monitoring center immediately when the button is pushed.
5. Monitoring 24/7
A home security system with 24/7, award winning monitoring can help give you peace of mind when an elderly family member is home alone. When a Guardian security system is installed, it is monitored by our U.S.-based monitoring center. When an alarm is triggered, whether it be for burglary, fire or medical emergency, we initiate a response in 30 seconds or less. We will make sure help is on the way if it is needed. Consider discussing home security with your elderly family. It could help them and you. Contact Guardian Protection Services for more information.