If you are a senior citizen and live by yourself, follow these steps to maintain your independence and safety.
- Step 1: Don't allow strangers in your home. Senior citizens are often targets for crime and fraud.
- Step 2: Arrange for a trusted family member or friend to visit regularly. Regular visits will make for great company and safe living.
- FACT: Researchers in Massachusetts have developed a robot assistant for the elderly. The robot can dial 911, remind clients to take their medication, and help with grocery shopping.
- Step 3: Get to know your local law enforcement officers and make them aware that you live alone.
- Step 4: Remove hazards in your home that can cause injury. Rugs that slide or slippery floors can lead to falls and cause serious injury.
- TIP: Consider getting a dog. A dog can be a great companion as a well as deterrent to an intruder.
- Step 5: Install safety features like hand rails, smoke alarms, and proper lighting to reduce the potential for accidents in your home.
- TIP: Use a timer when cooking. A loud timer will remind you when your meal is done and will increase safety against fires in your home.
- Step 6: Protect your home with dead bolt locks and alarm systems. Dead bolt locks and alarm systems make criminals think twice about invading your home.