Home » Home Safety Measures For The Elderly-Tips for Families and Caregivers.
Often times, we like to assume that we have taken all measures to keep ourselves and the elderly safe. Having a bugler proof door, living in a ‘safe’ neighborhood and having a security guard at every entrance is what we often think as a home safety measure. But did you know that a situation can arise within your ‘safe’ environment?
With children growing up and moving out of the home, there is a rise of the elderly living alone. How well have we taught our loved ones, especially the elderly, to identify danger and know what to do in such situations?
Below are tips on how best to keep the elderly out of danger.
Just because an elderly person has lived in an area and made friends, do not assume they are safe. Teach them to interact from a ‘safe’ distance. A neighbor may take advantage with the knowledge that an elderly is alone.
They should not allow strangers like delivery persons or a neighbor’s guest into the house.
Print bold emergency numbers of ambulances, hospitals, police and a trusted person number where the elderly can easily find. Always make sure that their phones are working in case they need to make a call.
It is paramount to install security devices like CCTV cameras both inside and outside the home. This will go a long way in scaring away potential thieves and abusers.
Also, make sure that all areas are well lit. Adding a detector lamp that lights on when a movement is detected is a great safety measure.
If an intruder gains access into a home, let the elderly know that they should scream, kick and bite their attacker. This will cause confusion and even scare the intruder away.
Every home is prone to accident. Going an extra mile and securing homes from falls, fires and electric shock is important.
Even as they grow older, you will need to finally have a caregiver take care of your loved one. You may opt to take them to an elderly’s home or have a caregiver live with them at their home. Either way, it is important that every caregiver understands that they should keep the elderly person safe.
Remember an elderly person will need a lot of care and attention. You do not want to leave your loved one at the hands of any random caregiver. Make sure you do your due diligence and find a caregiver that is well-trained and wholeheartedly willing to live with an elderly person. They should be able to bathe, change their clothes and administer medication at any given time.
A background check on caregivers and institutions will help in weeding out potential abusers. There are instances where caregivers are known to physically and sexually abuse the elderly who are usually powerless in such situations.
Whether in a private home or an elderly person’s home, a caregiver should exercise confidentiality on any matter concerning the elderly. Items like bank accounts and personal possessions should be kept confident. This will prevent malicious persons from accessing and misusing funds that belong to the elderly.
These tips apply to anyone that has elderly loved ones. Once you find yourself involved with caring for an elderly person directly or indirectly, you should be able to do it gracefully. Truth be told, there will be times you will get frustrated with the person. You might not get the break you want as you will always be on call. If you find yourself in such a situation:
Join Support Groups. Talk to them about your frustrations and find ways that can make your care giving journey smooth. Other caregivers in the group will present awesome ideas that you can work with.
Have an Activity– You shouldn’t be all dull and sulky during this process. Include some fun activities in your routines like walks and drives outside the home, a meal outside or even physical exercises and games. This will help lower stress level and leave you rejuvenated.
Have a Financial Plan. Lack of finances during this time is something you don’t want to go through. As a caregiver, you will be forced to stay most of your working days with an elderly person. It is important to get financial advice and have a laid out plan to carry you financially during this period.
Involve Family. Always ask your family members to contribute in caring for the elderly person. They should be able to volunteer their time and resources in making the journey simpler.
We should be able to take care of the elderly through various methods be it our time or finances. We shall grow old someday, may we take care of them as we would love to be treated.