How to keep elderly relatives safe at home

With the increase of the elderly population in the UK many more vulnerable adults are living on their own. Some are still able to copy with most daily tasks and enjoy being in their own home but keeping them safe is a priority for family and friends.

Their home should have the all-important locks on windows and doors at the property and a chain on the front door, but should there be the need for a carer or relative to access the home a door safe or keypad is a worthwhile purchase. As tempting as it is do not hide a key under a pot or a mat as should someone gain access to the property in this way it may invalidate the home insurance in the case of a break-in and also put the person at risk.

It may be worth investing in a doorbell camera so that without opening the door the elderly person can see and often speak to the visitor without opening the door.

Having a panic alarm which can be worn around the neck or wrist as a watch can bring great peace of mind to relatives for a small monthly cost. When pressed a call centre is contacted and a prearranged person is phoned to raise the alarm. If that person cannot be contacted, then the police are called so that access can be gained to the property to check on the occupant’s wellbeing.