5 tips to keep seniors safe is a LocksOnline guide on how to keep the older generation of family safe, in their own home and out and about.
Dont live day to day worried about your grandparents, mum and dad or the older generation in general. Now you can get many devices to keep seniors safe in their home, without letting them feel like they are locked in. From window restrictors to door viewers, here are my top 5 tips on keeping the older generation safe at home and out in the street!
- I want to make a start with the front door. It sounds stupid but many older people are naive to the dangers of the pretend electrician or postman. Inviting the electrician into their home without asking for ID or their licence could result in a burglary or putting yourself in danger. We can avoid these signs of danger by following these easy steps:
- Get your seniors a door viewer.
Getting a door viewer will help your senior get a view of who is at the door without having to open it. This could help with safety for elderly people as behind a locked door, nobody can gain access to their home. Door viewers come in many shapes and sizes and can be placed anywhere on the door. This means no matter how big or small the senior is, everybody can be safe with 1 simple door viewer.
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- Get a door chain.
Again, door chains are a great safety precaution for any elderly person living home alone. When the door chain is on, the senior can open the door to a maximum of about 4 inches. Having this chain can stop people forcing the door open, as the chain acts as a barrier. More often or not if you try to push the door open, it will bounce back and slam shut. This is a great form of added security for any home.
- Ask questions before letting anybody in.
Dont be afraid to shout through the door to ask questions about the person trying to gain access to the home. Asking questions along with using a door chain is a great cost effective way of helping elderly people out with home safety. As to see some form of ID or licence or even a badge. If the person is legit, they will have all forms of these records. If not, do not be afraid to say no and do not let them in. If an elderly person is scared, they must call the police.
- Try getting a letter cage
These letter cages can be fixed to the back of the front door, over the letter box. This will prevent anybody trying to put their hand through the letter box and opening the door from the inside. This is a great form of extra security for an elderly person at home, as it gives peace of mind that nobody can gain access through the letter box.
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- Window restrictors. Yes, they are not just for children. Many elderly people now live in apartments and flats that can be quite high up. Some ever 10 stories. Dont let any harm come to them just by opening a window. To ensure the senior can open the window to let air in, but not enough that they depredate their safety, get some window restrictors fitted. Windows can still be opened but not enough that a potential fall could happen. But, thats not to say they must be used up high. Many elderly people have window restrictors on bungalows too. When you think about it, they do act as another form of security to prevent a break in. Restrictors come in many sizes now and are very easy to fix. Its worth investing in these cheap security options to prevent any accidents at home.
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- Think of getting a wall safe. Just like in the films where you have a hanging picture but behind it you have a hidden safe. Well it does not have to just be in the movies anymore. Elderly people can now protect their money, jewellery and precious keep safes with a small simple safe that fits into the wall. Easy to access with a simple key but hidden well enough for nobody to find, a wall safe is a great option to hide personal possessions. These range in prices from budget to heavy duty. Depending on what application you need for your seniors home, I would suggest to go for a medium to heavy duty range.
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- Think about personal attack alarms. There are always stories in the news regarding an elderly person being attacked on the street in broad daylight. Its heartbreaking to think this could be one of our family members and we cannot do anything to prevent it. One great way of sending a warning however is something called a personal attack alarm. These come in different shapes and sizes again but discreet enough for nobody to know about them. They are carried on clothing like a pager and if an attack was to happen, the senior simply presses a small button to release a siren alarm. Not only will this startle the attacker but also warns people around them. I would never suggest to jump in and be a hero however if it is safe to talk to the attacker the do so. If this helps an elderly person from being attacked then you need to get a personal attack alarm today.
- Hand Rails. These are great for in the bathroom. Its surprising how slippy a bathroom can get once somebody has a shower or bath. Handrails are great for elderly people through the home, as they supply a support facility that can be used anywhere. Most hold a capacity for around 130kg on average. This means they are sturdy enough to hold most weight of elderly people. Again, these can be used around the house so dont be afraid to put them in the bedroom, bathroom and front room.
So these are my main top 5 tips on keeping elderly people safe. There are many more ideas and solutions we have to keep them safe but wont be able to mention them all. If you have any questions about safety for an elderly family member and how we can help keep them safe, please call us on 01646 698218 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would like to hear what precautions you are taking to keep the elderly generation safe!