Security issues for seniors living alone

Posted on April 23, 2022 at 5:51 pm

As the population ages there are now more elderly people living alone in the UK than ever before. Sometimes their family do not live locally and so are worried about their loved one’s safety and security whilst at home so what are the best ways to keep the elderly or vulnerable safe in their own homes?

Having the essential good quality locks on windows and doors and a chain on the front door is a basic requirement and should you need a carer or relative to access the property a door safe or keypad is a worthwhile consideration. It is always a temptation to hide a key under a pot or a mat, but this is not advisable as should someone gain access to the property in this way it could invalidate the home insurance should it be necessary to make a claim on the policy. A doorbell camera is a good way of being able to see who is at the door without opening it and some come with a feature that allows the occupant to speak to the caller. 

If there is a danger that the person could have a fall in the home then a panic alarm which can be worn around the neck or around the wrist as a watch can bring great peace of mind to family members who may be worried about the person living alone.

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