SAFETY

ELDERS SHOULD PRACTICE SENIOR SAFETY
Senior Safety Can Be A Challenge

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Better assurance for senior safety can be implemented with cell phones, security systems, lights, alerts, alarms, rails and banisters, a pet or a sign saying "beware of dog"can help to give extra support.  Once you’ve found your niche of friends and places, use common sense and always practice caution and safety. It is always better to travel in pairs or groups. Stay away from dark and deserted areas. Unless you live in a gated senior community with security, ask friends who accompany you to come in to check the house before they leave. Use a timer or practice randomly leaving lights on in the house so you don’t come into a dark house. Doing so helps others assume someone is at home.

Keep hedges or bushes close to your home cut back, so that you don’t provide a hiding place for anyone on your property. These spots may block lighting and hinder your ability to see clearly as well as prevent falls. Motion sensors or spotlights on the outside of your home provide for better senior safety. Don't put mail in your mailbox after dark, wait until the next morning. You could end up having your mail stolen by kids or those seeking to know more about you. The same goes for trash. Set it out before pick-up while it is still light outside. should you fall or get approached you are safer then.
Too often we live in communities where we really don’t know our neighbors, but it is a good idea to get acquainted with at least one. Be there for each other; you never know when the need may arise for help. Keep emergency numbers close at hand:
·        Fire       
·        Police
·        Ambulance
·        Poison control
·        Ask-a –nurse
·        After hours number for utility company
·        Neighbor, friend or family

Medications
Keep medications close by you, but keep them in days of the week pill containers so that you know one from the other and this will help you to know whether you have taken these medications or not. Try replenishing your medication in your pill container once a week; this way you have an on- going supply. You might need to do this to prevent overdosing on your medication. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this for yourself, ask a close friend, family member or care giver to complete the task for you. It is wise also to keep a list of your medications, the dosage, how often medication is to be taken and the attending physician who prescribed them in your wallet or purse, on your cell phone or emergency bracelet. Should you not be able to speak for yourself, this medication information will be needed.

Have an alert sent to your cell phone to remind you when medications need to be picked up from the pharmacy. Should you have side effects or problems in taking your medication, consult with your pharmacist and he/she will advise you if you need to speak with your physician. Peel off labels of medication before disposing of them.

For senior safety sake, do not fail to set up an emergency contact person on your cell phone. Example: ICE (in case of emergency) contact Mary Brown xxx-xxx-xxxx.