Elder Care in Trumbull, CT
As a family caregiver for your aging loved ones, you are concerned about their ongoing safety and security in their homes. They may come from a time when it was not uncommon for families to simply leave their windows wide open and their doors unlocked at all times because the risk of any type of threat to their safety was extremely low. It is important that they realize that those are no longer safe habits and that you must take an active and dedicated approach to creating a safe and secure home for them so that they can age in place confidently. While there are ways you can protect them from the inside of the home, including adding deadbolts and an alarm system, there are also several features you should consider for the exterior of their home to start the defense from there.
Use these tips to add outdoor features to your elderly loved ones' home to keep them safer and more secure so that you can feel confident whether you are in the home with them or they are on their own:
• Lighting. Adding bright, consistent lighting to the entire perimeter of the home dramatically reduces the chances of compromised security. Do not, however, be tempted to use lights that are too bright. This can cause glare and decreased night vision that actually worsen the security situation. Instead, utilize 100 watt flood lights that are angled downwards so that they flood the entire ground. Make sure that there are lights on the sides of all entrances, including those your parents do not use often. To save energy, equip these lights with motion sensors.
• Clear perimeter. Ornamental bushes and trees may be a lovely addition to your home's exterior, but they also create perfect hiding places for potential home invaders. Limit plants around the home that are large enough to hide behind or under, particularly around windows. Make sure that windows are clearly visible from the street and that trees are not close enough to the home to allow someone to climb them and cross over onto the roof.
• Locking storm door. A screen door may be nice for mild weather days when you want to open the door and let in some fresh breezes without welcoming pests into the home, but they are not the best when it comes to security. Look instead for storm doors that feature glass panels. Many have these panels covering screens so you can move the glass out of the way when you want the fresh air, but put them back when it is time to close up the house for the night or when you will be away. Have your parents lock this screen door before locking the main door of the home. This creates another barrier for entrance and allows you, your parents, or their home care provider to open the main door and see who is there while maintaining a locked door between them for increased safety.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Trumbull, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.