Living Alone

Living alone is a great source of independence, but it can also come with a lot of work. I have a few tips to help you keep yourself on top of things and make your home for senior-safe.

1. Organize – Have a special place for all your essential items. Know where your list of phone numbers is, your wallet, medical cards, appointment cards and medications. Having a set area for each will help keep you organized so no appointments are missed and all medications are taken on time.

2. Have a Back Up System – This system does not have to be all that complex. Keep back up supplies in your house in case the power goes out or a storm leaves you stuck in-doors or a couple days. Things to always have ready: batteries, candles, matches, flashlights, canned foods, paper products, bottled water and maintain a well stocked freezer. These will give you and your family peace of mind in case anything happens.

3. Connect in your Community – Make it part of your routine to stop by the local senior center. Learn about different events going on and socialize with some new friends. You don’t have to end up spending all day every day there, but it is a great resource for seniors to use. Also, get to know your neighbors. Again, you don’t have to always interact with them or become best friends, but getting used to the daily routines around you can be helpful to you as well. If you ever need some sort of assistance, you know you can call Miss Kelly next door to watch Spot if you are going to get groceries or help carry those groceries in if she sees you struggling.

4. Make your Home Safe – Have a security system in your house that you are comfortable using. Replace mats in the bathroom with ones that have grips or even that extra railing so that both sides of the staircase are covered. Purchase an emergency bracelet and pendent to wear around your wrist and neck. The medical bracelet will help if you get lost or fall in a public place. The pendant can help you alert emergency services if you have fallen in your home and cannot get up. Also, have a system with family if they live nearby. Call them if you are going out and make sure you call back when you return home. This way, if they try to contact you and there is no answer, they will know that you simply stepped out for a carton of milk.

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