Safety issues are always a concern in the home of a senior and also something for you to think about if you are looking for a retirement home. Being concerned with safety in your parent’s home is like being a detective. If you see mom almost trip over a throw rug then you will either tack that rug down or immediately remove it. It is the less obvious areas that can rise up and bite us.
When retrieving items from the vehicle, check out your surroundings first to ensure that no one has followed you or is watching you. If someone has just suddenly appeared as you are about to do this it would be wise to lock the vehicle and wait before getting out until you are sure of their intent.
Use plug in night lights in bathrooms, bedrooms, hallways and any other location where mom might travel after dark. They have night lights that are flat against the wall and only come on after dark but provide enough illumination to see if there is an obstacle in the way.
The best evidence I have that it works is that when we are getting ready in the morning and I tell them I’m going upstairs to brush my teeth they know that is their cue to put on their shoes, collect their bags and lunch boxes and strap themselves into the car. Then I come down and off we go. It makes getting out the door soooo much easier.
Do you carry a cell phone? What about a stun gun, a pepper spray, or a canister of pepper spray? Is your personal safety ever even a consideration when you’re out jogging, shopping, or running errands? Do you have a self defense plan for the “what if” scenario?
When you’re out jogging, you should stay in areas of the neighborhood that you’re familiar with. Stay out of secluded areas, and get your exercise in places where you can be seen and heard instead.
Keeping fit, being active both physically and mentally can help protect us as we age. No matter the age, carrying some type of small, easy to use self defense weapon will also remind us to be aware of our surroundings.