Home Safety Tips for Active Seniors

If you’re one of 76% of older adults who wish to live independently as you age, you may face pushback from your loved ones, especially if your daily activities include objectively dangerous tasks. You may feel perfectly comfortable getting up on a ladder, operating power tools, or working long hours in your garden, but it’s natural for your family to worry. After all, if you live alone, who will come to your assistance in the event of an accident?

Ease their worries and keep yourself safe by keeping these simple home safety tips in mind as you go about your day.

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Five Impactful Age-in-Place Modifications You Can Make to Your Elderly Relative’s Home

A 2018 AARP survey found that 76% of adults over 50 would prefer to remain in their homes as they age—to “age in place.” An additional survey in 2020 revealed that 79% of respondents anticipate needing to make modifications to their homes to make aging in place possible.

Between the familiarity and sentimental value of their long-term home and the connections they’ve established within their community, it’s easy to understand why your elderly family members would be inclined to stay put. For those caring for them, the prospect of a loved one living alone as they age could be alarming.

While 50 is far from elderly, it’s always wise to plan ahead. Here are five age-in-place modifications that will help your loved one stay safe and comfortable in their home as they grow older.

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Watch Out for These Common Scams Against the Elderly

Fraud continues to impact people of every age, yet those over the age of 60 report more financial loss than any other portion of the population. Elders between the ages of 60-65 report an average loss of $500 per successful fraud attempt. That number increases right along with age. Those 80 and older lose an average of $1500 per fraudulent attack.

If you are a member of our elderly population—or if you have a loved one who is—be aware of the following common scams. Each one affects seniors 60+ at a higher rate than any other age group. Once you know how the scam works, you’ll be far less likely to fall victim to it.

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How Medical Alert Systems Can Keep Your Loved Ones Safe

Elderly mother and daughter at homeOur elderly loved ones have been through it this past year. Not only are they at the highest risk for COVID, but they are also among the most likely population to end up in the hospital due to an injury from a fall. They also consistently visit the ER due to complications from overexertion and environmental encounters such as insect stings. Lastly, they are commonly treated for accidental poisoning by way of misused prescription medications.

They may not admit it, but they need protection.

A Medical Alert System is a powerful tool to ensure your parents can get the help they need in case of an accident. It gives them an immediate source of help no matter where they are. It also gives you peace of mind. In New England, support for family caregivers is among the lowest in the nation. It is imperative that you do all you can to keep your loved ones healthy so that all of you can enjoy as much freedom and autonomy as possible.

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Security for Seniors: Maintain Independence and Peace of Mind

Security and peace of mind for parents and other seniors is priceless. Accident and injury to elders frequently goes unreported, and many are unaware of the risks to their senior family members and friends.

Seniors want to spend their days comfortably and without worry or fear of the unexpected — not just from unwanted intruders or burglars, but from fires, falls and other types of injuries to which the elderly are especially prone. Fortunately, there are affordable and viable ways to protect seniors 24/7, via surveillance/monitoring and alarm systems. Read more

Basic Home Security Tips for Senior Citizens

senior couple on benchWhether you live alone, with a spouse or a roommate, if you’re like the majority of older Americans you want to live in your own home and enjoy an independent lifestyle. You also want to be sure that your desire to be on your own doesn’t jeopardize your safety or cause your loved ones any undue stress.

There’s no reason you can’t live safely in your home if you acknowledge your vulnerability and then take the proper precautions to protect yourself. Read more

Smart Technology Can Help Keep Senior Citizens Safe

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Nearly 90% of seniors want to remain in their own homes as they age because they’re healthier, wealthier, and they expect to work into their 70s or even longer.

As people get older, they still face issues such as failing eyesight, reduced mobility and declining strength.

Now, though, smart home technologies, such as sensors, voice activation, GPS, Bluetooth, and cellular connectivity, enable older adults to stay in their homes longer and continue to lead independent lives. Read more

Top 5 Questions to Ask About Medical Alert Systems

Learn the top 5 questions that everyone should ask, when searching for the right Medical Alert System for their loved ones.

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Fire Safety Strategies for Nursing Homes

Enjoying their card gameIn the event of fire, most nursing home residents are unable to protect themselves. Therefore, it’s up to you as facility manager and/or owner to have the proper fire safety procedures in place to provide for the well-being of residents as well as staff.

It’s also important that the staff members understand that the safety of your residents is their number one priority.

Here are some fire safety strategies to help you prepare for a fire emergency: Read more

How to Select the Best Medical Alert System for Your Elderly Loved One

Need HelpEach year, more than one out of four people, age 65 and older falls, and falling once doubles their chances of falling again, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In addition, six out of every 10 falls happen at home, according to NIHSeniorHealth.gov.

Many older adults want to continue living in their own home as they age. It can be hard for you to agree to their wishes because of the risks involved.

To help your elderly loved ones live independent lives, especially if they’re going to be home alone for long periods of time, you should look into getting a medical alert system. Read more