With a growing number of older adults living independently, it is increasingly important to make sure that they are safe at home. Falls and burns are among the most common accidents involving older people. Older adults who live alone may also become the victims of criminals who target older people. If you are an older adult living on your own, or care for an older person living alone, here’s what you need to do to stay safe.
2. Personal Safety
a. Install a peephole in your senior’s front door.
b. Do not open the door to strangers when home alone.
c. Always keep windows and doors locked. Never let a stranger into your home when you are there alone.
d. Hang up the phone on telemarketers or anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable. Do not share your financial information or your personal details over the phone.
e. Leave a key with a neighbour you trust, in case you are locked out.
f. Keep Emergency numbers handy. Make sure to list the following:
· Emergency contacts (family members and friends)
· Your senior’s professional caregiving service
· Your senior’s healthcare provider.
g. Check in with your senior frequently to ensure they are safe (by way of self-visit, through a favourite neighbour or/and caregiver).
3. Personal Health
a. Store medications safely. Keep medicines in their original containers, but if you must transfer medication to a new container, clearly label it with the medicine name, dose and expiry date.
b. Avoid foods that are unsafe for seniors, such as raw foods or uncooked items. If you are not sure whether a food is safe to eat it’s best to throw it away.
c. Clean all food items thoroughly before placing them in the refrigerator. Wash your hands with water and soap before handling food. Cook all your meals thoroughly to avoid any possible food poisoning.
d. Keep yourself well-hydrated and always have drinking water nearby.
e. If your doctor has placed you on a special diet (low-salt, low-fat, low sugar, less water intake etc), always follow the physician’s orders and avoid any item that you are not allowed to eat.
f. Wear an alarm device.
g. Get regular tests done like blood, eye etc.
h. Monitor a senior in extreme hot or cold weather.
i. Stay connected with family, friends & neighbours.
Hope you liked this article & your dear ones have benefited from the above tips. For any suggestions & questions feel free to write in the comments section.
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