Tips for Home Alone Seniors

Have you ever heard that Aging is not for Sissies’ ? Well, some people make fun of this saying, but on a more serious note, living alone as a senior and aging can be difficult, which is why it is good to know some of the ways seniors can take precautions to protect themselves.  Here is a list of things that we seniors should take note of:

Safety Precautions for home alone seniors:
– Remove clutter.
– Remove tripping hazards (electrical cords, throw rugs).
– Use the grab bars in the shower (or install if you don’t have them).
– Prepare an emergency kit: flashlight, batteries, matches, candles. Put it in a place that is easy to remember.
– Keep track of your keys (put them in the same place every time you come in the door).  Don’t put your name and address on your key chain.
– If the doorbell rings call out,   ‘I’ll get it’,  which will alert the person ringing the bell that you are not alone.
– If you are expecting a service person like cable, or other repairman, have someone keep you company while the service is being handled.
– Have a list of friends that you speak with at least once a week.  You can set up a ‘buddy system’ with each other on specific days to touch base.
– If you are an older driver, take a self assessment survey how aging affects your driving. Click here: https://www.nhtsa.gov/older-drivers/driving-safely-while-aging-gracefully

Try developing  a social life by being open-minded and exploring your surroundings.  This link will lead you to some great suggestions:  https://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Social-Life-as-a-Senior-Citizen

 

Find more suggestions on aging at these websites: 
https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/10/21/7-safety-tips-seniors-living-alone
https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/HOME_MOD_GUIDE.PDF
 https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/19/health/age-falling-exercise-jampolis/index.html

 

 

 

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