Safety for any senior at home is an important topic to discuss. It’s a great topic to discuss with the rest of the family, with their friends, if they so choose, and possibly even with their neighbors. Neighbors are usually the first line of defense for many people in communities all across the country.
Not every neighborhood has people who look out for one another, but most of them do. An elderly person who may be living in the same house they have been in for more than a couple of decades will likely know their neighbors. They might not spend a lot of time talking to them, but they know who they are, they’ve had conversations, and most of these neighbors will take an active interest in looking out for these elderly individuals.
When it comes to safety, including neighbors in the process could be essential. There are plenty of ways to go about doing this, and below are three to consider.
First, consider providing them with important phone numbers.
This would be the obvious ones, including the fire department, police, and emergency services. Calling 911 is simple, but having a direct line to these other resources could be essential at improving response time.
It’s also a good idea to consider giving them important phone numbers for family or friends in the area. If a neighbor sees something suspicious or has questions, they can reach out to family and friends to see what they might need to do next.
Second, ask them to simply keep an eye on this senior.
Some neighbors are incredibly busy. They might get home late from work, be tired, but are more than willing to just keep an eye on things. Is the floodlight going on over the garage as it should? Does it appear as though lights in different parts of the house were going on and off, indicating somebody’s up and moving around?
Some neighbors will be more than happy to just stop over, knock on the back door, and make sure everything is okay each day.
Third, introduce them to a home care aide.
When seniors eventually realize the value in home care support services, it’s a good idea to have this neighbor meet this new caregiver. They might have incredible insight that family and other friends might not with regard to safety concerns, activities, or things the senior enjoys but may not bring up.
When people include neighbors in the process of improving safety for seniors, it can help tremendously.
If you are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Allentown, PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.
Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc.
Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author
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