Keeping the elderly safe whether you’re a carer, family member or friend will always be one of the top priorities when caring for an elderly patient. Whilst you may live with an elderly parent or friend or provide live in care, it’s always important that they are aware of how to keep themselves safe in the home and their surroundings. It may be that you can only provide care at certain times of day or you aren’t able to keep a watchful eye 24/7 which means that educating the elderly on how to keep safe is essential. We’ve listed the top things to consider when keeping the elderly safe, technology which can help out and some education tips.
In the Home
There are a number of ways to adapt your home for care which can help to promote independence in the home and allow the elderly to live in their own property for longer. By taking into account the below steps injuries in the home can be avoided and help to put yours and their mind at ease.
Keeping the elderly safe from bogus door-to-door and telephone scams should be another priority on your list. Make sure that their home is secure and the locks on windows and doors are all in good condition.
Keep keys hidden from the view of windows and prying eyes, but make sure that they are in a memorable place for the home owner. Take extra precautions and install door chains, alarms and light sensors which can all help to protect and alert the elderly.
Technology to Help
There are now a range of technology options available which can help to keep the elderly safe and in turn alert you to any incidents or falls which may have occurred. Technology can help to reassure the elderly and you that if an accident does occur they aren’t alone.
Educating the elderly should be key in your plan to keep them safe at home so taking the time to explain how they can help prevent accidents and unwanted callers can help put your mind at ease too.