Caregiver Tips: Outdoor Features to Keep the Home Safer


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Caregiver Tips: Outdoor Features to Keep the Home Safer

Elder Care in Trumbull, CT

Elder-Care-in-Trumbull-CTAs 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.

Jay Kiley
Jay Kiley

Jay Kiley has spent well over 30 years providing world class customer service to clients around the world. Whether it was during his career in banking as a senior officer with Fortune 500 companies or working with some of the wealthiest people in the world with the Superyacht Rigging Company he owned with his brother; customer service was and is first and foremost.

As the Regional Developer of SYNERGY HomeCare in Connecticut Kiley again puts the customer’s needs first. Working with the  five SYNERGY HomeCare Connecticut offices, Danbury, Bristol, Stamford, East Haven and Fairfield, which he owns with his wife ,Laurie, he has lead the SYNERGY CareTeam to tremendous growth and continued success. Knowing firsthand how health, aging and memory care issues can take a toll on a family, he is a very hands-on owner. He makes his cell phone available to all clients and their families providing more than just care, Kiley provides solutions to his client’s care needs and peace of mind to their family. 

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