Studies show that most elderly people would like to continue to live in their own home for as long as they can. In fact, a recent survey carried out by AARP Public Policy Institute found that 87% of US adults aged over 65 wished to live in this way.
One of the challenges this demographic has to deal with is staying safe. Sadly, scammers, house breakers and bullies can all target our older citizens. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to reduce the risks. Here are some of the most effective and easy to implement options.
Put up relevant signage
In many states, if homeowners put up a no soliciting sign, they can avoid door to door salesmen ringing their bell. Usually, they will be put off by the sign and move on to hustle someone else. It is also worth putting up a video surveillance sign. Most would be home invaders will think twice about breaking in. Potentially you can still put these up even if you have not been able to install CCTV yet.
Support the areas Neighborhood Watch group
If your elderly relative is lucky they will live in an area with an active scheme in place. A study carried out in 2008 by the U.S Justice Department showed that on average crime rates dropped by 16% in these types of area.
If there is an active group already there, do your best to support them. Make a contribution to help them to buy equipment and ask if you can help with patrols. Put a Neighborhood Watch sign up on, or need, your relative’s property.
Install a proper home security system
Installing an alarm and proper surveillance cameras is something you should consider doing if you can afford to do so. Over the past few years, the cost has come down and the systems have become more sophisticated.
There are several ways you can use them to protect your elderly relatives remotely. Modern systems can be controlled remotely via your SmartPhone. With your relative’s permission, you can tap into their cameras and see what is going on inside and outside their home, at any time.
Some cameras are fitted with a speaker and microphone. These enable you to listen to what is going on and speak to your relative, when necessary. People are finding new ways to use these devices all the time. You just need to go online to learn be able to benefit from the experience of families who have been using Wi-Fi enabled security cameras for many years, already.
Invest in a remote alert system
One of the biggest worries older people have is falling and not being able to get up or call for help. Potentially, they could lie on the floor injured for several days.
Emergency call buttons are one way to greatly reduce the chances of this happening. Should they fall and not be able to get help all they need to do is to push the button of a device that they wear around their neck or on their wrist. That action will alert you and the emergency services that there is an issue. From there the situation can be assessed so that the relevant assistance can be provided.
Following the above tips and the latest advice from senior care organizations can make a positive difference in the lives of your relatives. With the proper support the majority of older people can continue to live in their own homes for many extra years.