Senior Safety

Do you have a senior relative that you check in on?  Do you have elderly neighbours or know someone whose approaching retirement?  Then you must have heard about the atrocities that have happened against these individuals over the last few months in the city.  Seniors were attacked in their homes, robbed while walking down the street, and robbed while working in their gardens.  Nowadays, our communities have become dangerous places for seniors where they become easy targets for burglars and robbers.  However, that doesn’t mean a senior has to lose their freedom and independence to gain security and protection.  There are things that can be done to ensure that the elderly keep their freedom and independence while also ensuring their safety and protection.  So, what can you do about Senior Safety?

  • Install a security system if you don’t already have one.  A security system with security cameras and a monitoring system is the best way to prevent burglars from entering your home.  If you do have one, make sure that it’s activated.  If it’s an old system, consider upgrading it to provide the most secure protection.
  • Don’t walk alone.  Go with a friend or family member.
  • Observe your surroundings.  Most of the time, our attackers have been watching us for quite some time and have been observing our behaviour; that way, they know when to strike.  Report suspicious activity around your house and change up your routine every now and then to prevent being attacked.

If you do have an elderly relative that is in a retirement home, make sure you check in on them.  Over the last few years, many reports have claimed abuse of elderly patients in these homes. Some things that you can do to increase senior safety and protect your loved ones:

  • Do your research on the home.  If there have been any complaints or reports, this could be a red light that something is not right
  • Check out the daily living conditions and ensure that everything your loved one needs to be comfortable is present and accessible.
  • Check-in on your relatives often and keep in touch.  They are your best eyes and ears to the place.  If something is wrong, they will be the first to let you know.
  • A retirement home is not the only choice.  Many seniors live independently and have been cared for by their relatives.

It’s sad when a senior becomes an easy target for abuse or robbery due to the perception of their age.  If witness injustice against a senior in your community, report it to authorities immediately.  Also, try lending a hand to them, helping them feel safer in their home and community.  Together, we can all make our communities safer for everyone.

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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.