Living alone comes with a certain amount of risk regardless of your age. But for seniors, there are certain risks, such as falls and fall-related hospitalizations, that may cause loved ones to be especially worried. Staying independent for as long as possible is an important part of one’s physical, mental, and emotional health. And your senior loved ones may not be willing to give that up – even if they do live by themselves.
Fortunately, there are some safety tips that can help your senior loved ones stay safe while living alone:
Have a close circle of friends
Building a social circle of friends can help seniors avoid isolation and enjoy activities together. While living alone does not necessarily mean being lonely, the two often go together for seniors. Having friends to spend time with and enjoy social activities together can greatly improve a senior’s health and ensure they can stay living independently.
Have medication on hand
Oftentimes seniors will have multiple medications to help manage and control certain medical conditions. Making sure your senior loved one has their proper prescriptions and that medications are refilled on time will help ensure that there will always be medication available for when they need it.
Lock doors and windows
Seniors who live alone are at a higher risk of being targeted for theft and break-ins. Therefore, it is important that seniors are diligent about locking their doors and windows – especially before bed and when leaving their homes.
Look into an Alert System
The alert system may come in the form of a watch, bracelet, or necklace, but there is a lot of wearable technology to help keep seniors safe at home. These items are meant to be worn at all times so that no matter where the senior is in their home, they can push a button to get help from emergency services if needed.
Upgrade the Bathroom
This could include installing bars or handhelds so that the bathroom is safe for use when seniors are on their own. The bathroom can be a very dangerous place for seniors who live on their own, so safety devices can help prevent falls or injuries.
Contact VERA Home Care today
Even seniors who are mostly independent can benefit from occasional home care companionship. If you would like to learn how a home care worker can help your senior loved one who is living alone, give us a call today!