Summer Safety Solutions for Seniors
Are you a senior staying home and staying safe this summer? Or, perhaps you have elderly loved ones on their own whom you worry about? TELUS SmartHome Security has smart home solutions tailor-made for helping keep seniors safe at home.
The golden years should be safe ones
A senior’s home should be their sanctuary and keeping it and themselves safe should be the number one priority in order to enjoy life to its fullest. Falls are the leading cause of injury among older Canadians, with 20% - 30% of seniors experiencing one or more falls each year. The Government of Canada attributes 85% of seniors’ injury-related hospitalizations, and 95% of all hip fractures, to falls among seniors. Perhaps the most alarming statistic is that 50% of all falls leading to hospitalization among seniors happen right at home. 
Falls by seniors in their homes this summer can be preventable with some simple measures in place:
• Clear out clutter
Summer can mean clutter with garden tools, sandals, purchases, etc. Make sure clutter is removed from entries, hallways and staircases. Never leave purchases on stairways to bring upstairs, it is easy to forget and trip on them.
• Eliminate tripping hazards
Repair any loose carpeting, avoid using slippery throw rugs, replace or remedy tiles or floorboards that are lifting due to summer heat and humidity.
• Use effective lighting
Inadequate lighting is a major hazard year round. Install bright lights as well as night lights in bedrooms and bathroom. Smart lighting, especially motion-activated lights can provide better guidance for nighttime trips to the bathroom.
• Install grab bars and handrails
Grab bars in bathrooms and handrails in hallways have been proven to provide added stability for seniors
If a senior falls in their home, time is of the essence and a fast response can make all the difference in sustained injuries and hospitalization. An Fall / Panic Sensor, with its cutting-edge technology that recognizes most human falls, can ensure aid will be on its way to help avoid further injury.
Home security for seniors
Seniors’ homes should be secure. A smart home security system with both window and door contacts and a panic button can help a senior stay safe in their home. Especially in the summer, seniors can forget a window or patio door is left open at night. Sensors tied to a smart home security system takes the guesswork out of a secured home.
Monitored fire protection can save seniors’ lives
Cooking should never be left unattended. But summer is filled with distractions and, if it does happen and heavy smoke or a fire breaks out, a monitored smoke detector transmits a signal immediately to an TELUS SmartHome Security monitoring centre. If necessary, both the local fire department and first responders will be dispatched. Having the peace of mind that comes from this quick, professional response is priceless, for both seniors and their families.
Seniors are often targets for summer door-knocking scams
A senior should never open their door to uninvited visitors. An TELUS SmartHome Security Wi-Fi doorbell, with its motion detector, video camera and its two-way ability to both hear and speak to a person at your door without ever opening it, provides secure protection and convenience. This easy-to-use smart home option takes the worry out of the disturbing thought of a home invasion or a senior being taken advantage of by summer door-knocking scams
Living life on a senior’s own terms
Smart home living with options like smart lighting, smart locks, monitored smoke detectors, panic buttons and fall sensors can help seniors live independently in the homes they love this summer and in the future. For more information on smart home options customized for seniors, call 855.958.8181 and speak to a smart security expert.