Security Devices and Measures to Increase Home Security
Do you have a senior living at home with you and your family? Are you a senior living alone or a senior couple?
Seniors face unique home safety risks above and beyond the typical security concerns: Trips and falls, medical emergencies, vulnerability to intruders and hearing impairment. By understanding these unique home safety and security risks, you can take simple steps to safeguard against them. The following tips will help keep you or a senior family member safer in and around home:
Home Safety Tips
- Take a look around your home for tripping and falling hazards. Secure any loose flooring and free up cluttered home areas where foot traffic is most common.
- If there are slick and slippery walking surfaces in the bathroom, such as the bathtub, install rubber mats and a hand-rail.
- Deter potential intruders by installing a home security system that includes door and window sensors, interior motion detectors and visible exterior security system signs.
- Expand basic burglar alarm systems to include exterior motion-activated flood-lights.
- Consider adding a video or two-way audio intercom or door phone for extra door and entryway security.
Home Hazard Alarms for Seniors
- Install fire alarms and smoke detectors on all levels of your home and right outside bedroom doors.
- For the hearing impaired, invest in devices with strobe lights and bed and pillow vibrators.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors.
- If possible, connect these alarm devices to your centrally monitored home alarm system. In the event of a fire or other emergency, your security company can have help on the way immediately.
Medical Emergencies and Security Systems
Medical alert monitoring services in the home can be part of a home security system or as a standalone monitoring service. Medical alerts combine two components, a base monitoring station that transmits to a central monitoring center and a wireless wearable device—usually a button-activated pendant, wristwatch or clip on device that lets you quickly send a distress signal to your monitoring company in the event of a sudden medical emergency.