It is essential that elderly parents and friends feel safe within their own home, and there are some simple ways to ensure the house is as secure as possible. All windows and doors should be easily lockable. If there are any stiff or hard to access locks, make sure to change them so that doors and windows can be easily locked when necessary.
A solid door with adequate reinforcement will deter burglars, so any decorative glass should be safety glass with a privacy film. Installing a peephole can also give the home owners more comfort in knowing who they are answering the door to. Motion sensor lights are also a great way to deter burglars, and consider a burglar alarm for the home for the best protection.
There should be no pressure to answer the door if the owner is unsure, as opening the door even a crack can enable a burglar to break in. The installation of simple security chains can be a comforting addition when answering the door. Make sure relatives know that they can always bring their phone to the door, so that they can call you if it is an emergency. The provision of mobile phones makes this a much easier option. It is always a good idea for the elderly to have a trusted neighbour to keep an eye out, and to call if necessary. Remind them to wear and use a personal alarm in an emergency or if they are distressed about their personal safety.
Fire, Electrics & Gas Safety
Fires can start quickly and cause a lot of damage, so it is important to take some simple precautions to prevent one from starting. Every floor should have a working fire alarm, and it is essential that these are never tampered with and are tested monthly. If the resident has hearing problems or difficulties with vision, there are specialist smoke alarms available.
Plan a fire escape route for elderly relatives, and make sure those areas are always free from clutter. Some fire and rescue services offer a Home Fire Risk Check where they can visit to help you install smoke alarms, plan escape routes and assess other hazards, which is a great idea especially for the elderly.
When it comes to using appliances in the kitchen, keep an eye on elderly relatives, making sure that they are using everything safely and that appliances are turned off after use. If you have any doubts then it is a good idea to get in touch with our team to organise a carer to take over these daily tasks.
Electrical fires can be caused by overloading sockets, damaged sockets or electrical appliances, and broken wires. You should get a registered electrician to check your wiring at least every 10 years, but if you have any concerns then it is best to contact an expert as soon as possible.
If you have any issues at all in how safe you feel elderly relatives or friends are in their own home, then get in touch. Our carers can visit daily, or we offer live-in care, ensuring safety and comfort 24/7.