Worried About Rising Crime Against Senior Citizens; Here Is How You Can Protect Your Elderly Loved Ones

Published on August 13, 2021, 3:32 am
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Crime is universal and for everyone. However, as the elderly are more trusting and needy – they make up for a soft target for such crimes. Be it a burglary, robbery, a gruesome murder, or whatnot. Sadly, the graph of all these crimes has been growing upward for quite some time. Now how do you take care of these fragile souls back inside your home, while you are out for work and other purposes? Well, there are smart measures that could be taken and preached to our aging parents and grandparents so that they remain safe, at least within the four walls of home. Want to know more about it? Read on.

Teach Them to Stay Vigilant

No matter how secure your neighborhood is, asking your seniors to be a little watchful is going to help you to a great extent. Tell them never to put their trust in any stranger who talks to them or strictly ask them to open the gate only for the known ones. For this, you may fix the timings of leaving and arriving so that they know it’s you when the bell rings. Keep the doors and windows locked until you get home and ask them not to open them unnecessarily.

Make Use of Technology & Tools

What good is advanced technology if it can’t protect our loved ones? Cutting-edge technology like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning can help your premises become safer and a haven for seniors in your family. So, get a door that only unlocks virtually after seeing your face, or invest in security cameras – the choice is yours. The Internet of Things (IoT) has been making the life of seniors simple by making their places of living more convenient and secure. If you wish, you may count on its several benefits.

Play Smarter Than Thou

If you wish to protect your loved ones from getting harmed, you ought to get smarter than you are. For this, use tricks like leaving your home’s lights on at night when you’re not home to send the otherwise idea to the neighbors and nasty factors. Similarly, use music to your rescue when you are not around. Remember, the idea is to make your abode look occupied even when you are not in the city. This will scare the burglars away for sure.

Hire a Caregiver Under the CDPAP Program

However, if you still think there is a major threat to your elderly loved ones’ security, register them for the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP). This will not only make their life convenient as they will have an assistant by their side to help them with their daily chores, but he will also act as a point of contact in case of any emergency. Moreover, as the program allows the seniors to choose their own caregiver from their family or friends, they are bound to feel more secure around them. We think this step can be a crucial one in ensuring the security of your elderly at your home.

No matter how busy we are, the safety of our aging or ailing seniors is always on our minds. However, it is our busy life that compels us to not be able to stay with our parents or grandparents at all times. But fret not, with the advancing technology, some smart tricks, and programs like CDPAP, you can ensure the safety of your elder loved one and continue with your life with a free mind. Hope the tips mentioned in the article were helpful for you. Let us know how they fared.

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