Ensuring your senior’s living environment is safe, secure, and comfortable is an important aspect of being a family caregiver for an elderly adult.
Part of this is ensuring their home security is at its best. Not only will this provide actual protection for your senior, but it can also give them better peace of mind, creating more confidence, and helping them to maintain a stronger sense of mental and emotional health when home alone.
Use these tips to improve home security for your senior:
-Consult with a locksmith or home security expert to help you determine what types of locks and other security devices might be appropriate for your aging loved one. You want your parent to feel safe and secure, but you don’t want them to feel trapped or as though they won’t be able to effectively use the locking system because they don’t understand it.
-Consider all points of entry and exit that might exist. This includes doors and windows that are rarely used or are located at the sides and back of the house. Remember if these seem obscure to you, they are likely appealing to those who might want to break into the home.
-Several methods of locking and security are more effective than just one lock on a door. Consider having more than one lock as well as a physical barrier, such as a floor bolt.
-Think of simple ways to provide further security, such as putting a dowel rod in the track of sliding doors or windows to create an obstacle preventing the door or window from opening.
-If your senior has wandering tendencies, consider adding further layers of security to protect them. This could include magnetic alarms on doors and windows that make a very high, loud sound if the two pieces of the magnetic connector separate, but doesn’t include monitoring. Also consider adding locks your parent is not familiar with, which makes it less likely they will be able to open them and get through the door. Locks on the floor and near the top of the door are good for this.
Meal preparation, assistance with activities of daily living, medication reminders, companionship, and mobility assistance are just some of the ways home care can help your aging loved one.
An in-home senior care services provider offers personalized services specifically designed to help your parent manage their needs and limitations in the ways that are right for them while also seeking out a lifestyle that is as active, engaged, and independent as possible as they age in place. As their family caregiver, this can help you to feel more confident in your parent’s ability to manage their needs, stay safe and healthy, and enjoy a high quality of life as they age.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Health Care in Media, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care.
Call today: (484) 206-4544
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