Safety issues are always a concern in the home of a senior and also something for you to think about if you are looking for a retirement home. Being concerned with safety in your parent’s home is like being a detective. If you see mom almost trip over a throw rug then you will either tack that rug down or immediately remove it. It is the less obvious areas that can rise up and bite us.
Telephone communications are important to mom, whether it is calling out or receiving calls from family. There are inexpensive phone systems available that have multiple cordless hand sets. If you have enough of these in the rooms that she lives in including the bathroom then the phone will be no more then a few steps away when it rings.
Which type you choose will depend largely on your unique needs. An electronic device is a good option for most, they are small and can serve multiple purposes. Many electronic devices are activated by pulling out an alarm pin by strap. Other types are activated by pushing a button.
Have your car keys in hand to avoid “searching” for them when you reach your car. As you draw near to your vehicle wait until you are almost upon it before using your fob to unlock it. Unlocking it too early could possibly inform a would-be assailant which car is yours. He could then hurry on ahead to reach your car before you and wait for your arrival. When you reach your car it is a good idea to scan the interior BEFORE getting in to make sure no one is hiding inside.
You can buy a personal alarm that doubles as a door alarm. As a personal alarm it activates when the strap attached to the alarm pin is pulled. You can also hang this device over the knob of any non-metallic door, the device will activate instantly as soon as an intruder touches your door. These dual-alarms make good travel security for hotels, dorm rooms, and extra safety in threatening situations.
In most states bicycles are required to follow all the rules of the road. You must travel with the flow of traffic and stop at red lights and stop signs. Avoid riding on sidewalks as this can be hazardous to both you and the pedestrians walking. Try and stay on well traveled roads and avoid alleys and other shortcuts. These places are prime locations for attackers to hide and wait for a potential victim to walk or pedal by. Wear the required safety helmets and other protective gear. A fall from a bicycle can lead to some very serious injuries, even at very low speeds.
The best place for joggers to run is on a track. The second-best place is on a sidewalk. The worst place you can jog is, of course, on a street or road. If you have to jog on the roadway, stay as far to the side of the road as possible.