Navigating Aging in Place and Senior Safety
Author: Lifeline Canada
Date: 25 January 2024
As we age, we encounter a mix of new opportunities and challenges. Feeling a sense of comfort and belonging helps to navigate these waters with ease. For many, this means aging in place—staying in their own home where memories live and familiarity bring solace. While retirement communities offer various amenities, the charm and comfort of one’s own home are often unparalleled.
In this post, we’ll look at some home modifications that bolster senior safety and cater to individual needs. With the right measures in place, your home remains a secure, independent, and joyful space throughout your golden years.
Benefits of Life Alert Bracelets
When you think of an aging-in-place checklist, medical alert systems might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But the reality is these devices can be easily integrated into your daily life and provide round-the-clock support, regardless of your home’s layout. At Lifeline Canada, we offer three products, each delivering peace of mind:
- HomeSafe: A reliable companion in your home environment.
- HomeSafe with Fall Detection: Advanced technology for an added layer of security.
- On The Go: For active seniors, ensuring safety wherever you are.
Immediate Emergency Response
In emergencies, every second counts. Our systems are designed to provide an immediate connection to our trained response team with just the push of a button or through automatic fall detection. Upon activation, our responders swiftly assess the situation and, if necessary, promptly dispatch emergency services to your location. The wearable design of our technology ensures that you can carry this safety net with you at all times, guaranteeing near-instantaneous response when it matters most.
24/7 Monitoring for Peace of Mind
Understanding the unpredictability of accidents and falls, Lifeline Canada operates a dedicated response centre. This infrastructure ensures that no matter the time of day, support is available when you need it. Our HomeSafe with Fall Detection and On The Go systems are equipped with sophisticated fall detection technology, which can alert our response centre if the wearer has fallen, even if they can’t push the button. This 24/7 monitoring capability serves as a constant vigilance and peace of mind.
Enhancing Independence for Seniors
Independence is a treasured aspect of life, particularly for older adults. The desire to age in place, amidst familiar surroundings, reflects the value placed on autonomy even as life throws its twists and turns. Support systems are essential, but independence remains a key driver for personal growth and happiness in senior years.
Freedom to Live and Explore Safely
As of 2022, there were more than 7 million persons aged 65 and above living in Canada. And that number is only growing. As we look at ways to ensure that our aging population is cared for, many opt for resources that allow them to live how and where they want, and medical alert devices give them the opportunity to do both.
Empowering Seniors and Their Families
With freedom comes empowerment. Being able to confidently do things for yourself, like household chores, gardening, and snow clearing in the colder months, while having the support you need, instills confidence in your family that you can thrive while aging in place. This is especially true if your loved ones live farther away from you.
Practical Tips for Seniors and Families
While medical alert devices are practical and preventive, they are not the only aging-in-place product or modification you’ll likely need. Look at your home on a bigger scale, paying special attention to the areas where you struggle or may fall. Below, we cover a few senior home safety measures ready to meet you where you are and adapt as your life changes.
Home Modifications for Safety
Plenty of tools and equipment exist that can be used to make upgrades and changes to your home that ensure a safer environment. For example:
- Grab Bars in Bathrooms: Grab bars near toilets and in showers provide support and stability. This can help you to maintain balance and prevent falls in areas where slips are common.
- Ramps and Handrails: If there are steps at the entrance of your home, consider a ramp for easier access. Additionally, handrails along staircases provide extra support and reduce the risk of falls.
- Adjustable Beds and Chairs: These types of furniture make it easier to get in and out of a seated or lying position. As a result, they offer better support.
Senior-Friendly Home Design
When you think about home design and aging in place, it’s more about functionality than aesthetics.
- Widening doorways and hallways can make it easier if you use, or will need to use, mobility aids such as wheelchairs or walkers to move around.
- Non-slip flooring in high-risk areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and entryways reduces the chances of slipping, especially when floors are wet.
Importance of Well-Lit Spaces
Ensuring that all areas of the home are well-lit means using brighter bulbs or additional lighting to improve visibility. This can reduce tripping incidents but also promotes confidence when moving around and performing tasks.
Additionally, our eyesight can diminish as we age. So, well-lit spaces help compensate for age-related changes in vision, making it easier to read and recognize faces. Ambient lighting might even boost your mood in the evening!
Utilizing Smart Home Technology and Devices
We’ve already looked at our aging-in-place products as wearable technology that can help enhance your safety while at home. However, there are other devices that can be used alongside your daily tasks:
- Automatic Shut-Off Devices: Consider installing automatic shut-off devices for stoves, ovens, and other potentially dangerous appliances to minimize the risk of fire or accidents. The ability to set it and forget it can provide reassurance in those sometimes forgetful moments.
- Smart Home Technology: Integrate smart home devices, such as motion sensors, smart lighting, and smart thermostats, to automate certain tasks and enhance home security. Voice-activated systems like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant can also make it easier for you to control various aspects of your home.
Helping You Age in Place
Plenty of things change as we age, but your residence doesn’t have to be one of them. Aging in place has become increasingly popular, especially due to advancements in modification capabilities and technology. As you think about your next chapter, do what you can to outfit your home to meet your needs now and in the future.
At Lifeline Canada, we strive to enhance your independence through medical alert devices that support your lifestyle, whatever it may look like. To learn more, reach out to us.
What You Should Do Now:
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