10 Helpful Security Tips for Seniors

While it is understandable that seniors would want to remain in their own homes for as long as possible, it can be hard on their children, who worry that something will happen while they are alone. Luckily there are many ways to increase the safety and security of a senior’s home so that they can continue to live in comfort without worrying their children.

1. Use an emergency pendant

One of the best ways to help an elderly parent remain independent is to invest in an emergency pendant.

Tied to a monitored security system in the home, these pendants can be worn on the wrist or around the neck and provide your older parents with an immediate connection to emergency personnel should anything happen. Many also include fall detection, tracking movement and sending help if a fall is sensed.

2. Get a dog or cat 

Having a pet in the house can make a living alone more comfortable and less stressful and is an excellent way to dissuade potential thieves who hate dealing with noisy pets. Even if they do not feel like taking care of a pet or are simply unable to, placing a sign in your front window warning people of your big dog can help prevent opportunistic burglars.

3. Know your neighbours 

It’s always a good idea to get to know your neighbours when living alone. Not only can they help you with a cup of sugar when you need it, but they will keep a closer eye on your property if they know you and help you out in an emergency.

4. Always have emergency info handy 

Having all your required emergency information in one central location in the house can be a big help when calling for assistance for a senior.

5. Ask for help 

Most accidents occur in the home and often because an elderly person tried to do something they shouldn’t have done alone, like moving a large or heavy piece of furniture or trying to reach something that is too high up on a shelf. Ask for help when required to prevent serious injuries.

6. Fake it 

Looking like you are not alone can be a powerful tool when confronted with potentially dangerous situations. If the doorbell rings when you are not expecting someone, call loudly, “I’ll get it,” as you walk to the door. You may feel silly, but a potential criminal may think twice before trying to enter your home.

7. Have a safety buddy 

Seniors who live alone should have a safety buddy they talk to every day simultaneously. If they do not hear from you, they should be instructed to reach out and ensure everything is okay.

8. Install outdoor motion sensor lights

Motion sensor lights are a massive help in dissuading opportunistic thieves who will think twice about trying to enter your home once bathed in bright light.

9. Have a friend around when expecting workers 

If you are expecting a visit from a plumber, cable repair man, or another worker, have a friend or family member come by and visit with you. This will make you less of a target for unscrupulous repairmen who may be scoping the place out.

10. Guard your keys

Protecting your keys is always essential for home security, especially living alone. If you lose your keys, be sure to change the locks as soon as possible and never write your address or name on your keys in case someone else gets their hands on them.

Personal security does get more difficult as we age, but as long as you take these steps towards safety, you’ll never be left completely helpless. For more information about how you can protect yourself, your home, or that of your senior parents, contact PROTECTION PLUS ® today!

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.