It is quite common nowadays to see many seniors staying alone, since the kids may have moved out of town or out of the country. It is also common to find news articles about how some seniors were attacked right within their homes by burglars, etc. We see some such article every other day in the newspapers. Many times, we even find that the house help would have taken advantage of the situation of the people. Hence, it is vital for older people to take all necessary steps and precautions to keep themselves safe. Also, the children can make the arrangements required to ensure that their parents are safe and secure. As a safety measure they can keep the numbers of a few neighbors, the local police station, and any watchman, etc. handy with them to take action in case of any emergencies.
Securing the house
There are simple steps that can be taken to secure the home like putting up iron grills for the balconies, windows, and doors to ensure that someone cannot break in. The door itself may be double bolted. Also, a peephole may be installed on the door, so that people inside can check who it is and open only if they feel safe and convinced about the visitor. In any case, it is always best not to entertain strangers when alone. In fact, nowadays there are various alarm and CCTC solutions also available, and these can be installed as well. This can help older people in knowing what is happening or who is outside. The alarms can set out an alert if someone tries to break in, thus helping, even if no one is at home. Ensure to lock all windows and doors properly every night, and while going out somewhere. Also, it is best not to reveal details of the visit, except to known and trusted people, who can keep an eye and a check on the house.
Engaging authorized house help
As mentioned above, it is essential to engage only trusted house help from known and licensed sources. Since these people may come in every day for stipulated hours or even stay at home with you in a few cases, it is important to ensure that these people are trustworthy and will not take advantage of you. Necessary police verification can be done about their whereabouts, or employ people from agencies that guarantee a background check.
Simple home safety measures
At night, it is best to keep a light on in the bedroom or even in the bathroom, just in case of any emergencies. Keep a smartphone handy next to the bed with speed dials enabled for one or two contacts or install any safety apps that can send out an SOS for you. Make sure to turn down the gas cylinder every night, as also any electrical appliances. Use anti-skid mats in bathrooms and install grab bars if necessary. These can help you in case of a slip. Keep a list of emergency numbers handy always, even when you step out. You may even keep a torch next to the bed, just in case of a power outage during the night. Also, it is best to have a fire extinguisher at home, just in case. Along with all this, it is always best to have a check in with someone loved at a particular time on every day. This can trigger help in case of any issues immediately.
It is best not to reveal more details to anyone, especially strangers. Try to avoid inviting strangers in or eating anything outside given by total strangers, etc. If traveling outside late, do not stop the car for anything, even if it looks someone is requesting for help. There are many instances when people have been attacked and burgled or even murdered in such ways.