For a senior living alone, things can sometimes get a little scary. Whether it’s health or security, there are a number of situations that can threaten a senior’s independence. The loss of independence is often seen as a downward progression, which is why every senior should have four things at home.
1. Medical alarm system – A medical alarm system will allow you to contact emergency services from anywhere in your home. Ideally, you should choose a service with a multilevel contact plan so that one technician can summon assistance and another can stay on the line. You should also look for a service with 24/7 technical support in case any issues arise with your system. Finally, look for a service that uses a monitoring center as calling 911 directly has led many emergency providers to prohibit direct calls from these services due to overuse.
2. Lights – This one may sound a bit trivial, but a well-lit area will prevent many accidents. If you wake up in the middle of the night, keep nightlights in common areas to prevent any falls. A fall is often the first occurrence before a loss of independence, so keep your home well-lighted at all times. Make sure the area outside your home is well-lit as well to discourage threats to home security.
3. Documentation – Keep a list of your medical history in plain view on the refrigerator. If something happens to you, the emergency personnel should have a complete record of any illnesses or conditions along with medications you take and medications to avoid. If you are unable to speak during a medical emergency, this will enable medical personnel to treat you quickly.
4. A support system – The mind will dwindle without stimulation, which is why you need friends and family available. Keeping social is beneficial for your health in a number of ways, and keeping in touch regularly will ensure that your health and safety are never unaccounted for long.