Family caregivers want to do everything possible to keep their aging loved ones safe and healthy. Most seniors prefer to age in place in their own home, but often rely on family caregivers and elderly care providers for assistance with daily tasks. Besides helping seniors with personal care duties, family caregivers are also responsible for keeping the home clean and safe. One thing that family caregivers must do as part of this is to help seniors prevent burglaries of their homes.
Home Security and Aging in Place
When seniors choose to age in place, they are vulnerable in many ways despite help from family caregivers and elderly care providers. Burglars who are seeking easy targets often look for homes where elderly adults live because they are more likely to be lax in security measures. Unfortunately, senior homes are desirable targets, so family caregivers really do need to focus on safety.
Family caregivers can change that dynamic by helping their aging loved one take proper steps to discourage burglars from breaking and entering. While it’s impossible to completely secure an aging loved one’s home, there are plenty of ways that family caregivers can reduce the risk of a burglary.
Ideas on Preventing Burglaries
The first thing that family caregivers and elderly care providers must do is to make the senior’s home as uninviting as possible for burglars. They like homes with certain characteristics, so by knowing what burglars desire, family caregivers can make changes to their aging loved one’s house. Here are just a few tips on preventing burglaries.
- Keep the front yard of the home clutter-free
- Shut windows and blinds at night or when nobody is home
- Get rid of vegetation that blocks windows and doors from the street
- First-floor windows and doors should be fitted with quality locks
- Install exterior lighting to brighten first-floor windows and doors
- Mount a “Beware of Dog” sign or two in the window or on the fence
- Put in a motion sensor light near entrances
- Set up timers on interior lights
- Put up curtains or blinds on garage and basement windows
- Keep gates, fences and garage doors locked
- Always keep the car doors locked, even in the garage
- Don’t hide spare keys in obvious places or by the front door
- Invest in a home security system
When a home has a lived-in look, it’s also a big deterrent to burglars. However, seniors often don’t have the physical mobility to make this happen. The more people are around, the more lived-in the home will be. Having family caregivers, elderly care providers, friends and neighbors over a lot can help deter would-be burglars.
The possibility of a burglary is all too real, from rural areas to the suburbs and urban areas. However, with a little thought and planning, family caregivers and elderly care providers can take steps to reduce their loved one’s risk of being the victim of a burglary.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDERLY CARE IN LITCHFIELD PARK, AZ, CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY (623) 748-3301.