11 Safety Tips for Seniors Living Alone

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If you’re a senior living alone, you likely relish your independence and the place you call home. However, as you age, many challenges make solo living more difficult. Living independently may make you more susceptible to accidents, health emergencies, and other issues.

However, following these tips can help ensure your safety and well-being.

Regular Check-ins

It’s a good idea to establish a routine for regular check-ins. Have a family member or friend check up on you in person, over the phone, or through video calls. Regular check-ins allow you to monitor your mental health and offer well-deserved social interaction and emotional support.

Emergency Response System

Consider investing in an emergency response system. These systems typically include a wearable device or a button that can be pressed in an emergency, which calls for help quickly.

Home Safety Modifications

Equip your home with safety features, such as grab bars in the bathroom, portable shower seats, non-slip mats, widened doors and ramps (for those who use wheelchairs). And don’t forget about adequate lighting. Simple modifications can help prevent accidents and make you feel safe in your living space.

Medication Management

Establish a medication routine and use pill organizers or reminder apps to avoid missed medication doses. It’s also important to regularly review your medications with your doctor or healthcare provider to prevent any adverse effects or drug interactions.

Healthy Lifestyle

Seek ways to help maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating well, staying active, and attending social activities. Physical activity, proper nutrition, and social engagement are vital to healthy aging.

Fall Prevention

Take steps to minimize falls by removing tripping hazards, installing handrails on staircases, and ensuring that hallways are clear and well-lit. Mobility aids and walkers can help if you need extra support walking.

Social Support

Loneliness and social isolation can harm one’s health and well-being. Try to spend time with friends, family, or community groups. Arrange for transportation or companionship services if needed.

Emergency Preparedness

Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working and change the batteries regularly. Develop a plan for emergencies, such as power outages and severe weather events. Keep access to emergency contact information, essential supplies, and a plan for evacuation if necessary.

Cognitive Health

Be aware of any changes in memory, judgment, or behaviour, as this could indicate changes in your cognitive health. Exercise your mind with stimulating activities such as playing games, reading, doing puzzles, or using apps geared towards memory training.

Fraud Prevention

Familiarize yourself with fraud and common scams, as older people are targeted more. Fraudsters actively pursue seniors for many reasons, including vulnerability and reluctance to report this crime.

Access to Resources

Familiarize yourself with senior resources and services available for those living alone. These may include meal delivery programs, transportation services,  home care agencies, and senior centers (most provinces should provide access to a list of these services).

Implementing these tips can help keep you safe and secure. You can continue to thrive and enjoy independent living with care, attention, and support. Here’s to safe, independent living!

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