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Home safety tips for seniors living alone

June 5, 2017

  How To Make Your Home Inviting If you have an elderly parent who is living alone or you yourself are a senior living alone in your home, home safety is probably one of the main things you focus on for well-being and security. More and more seniors are aging in place and staying in their homes longer, and technology advances are a big part of that. Having a home that meets the needs of those in their older ages is a big reason why people can stay put in their home for as long as they may desire. If you are considering some safety upgrades or ideas for a senior home living situation, Weston Dean Custom Homes, a premier New Braunfels custom homebuilder, shares some simple safety upgrades that can make a world of difference. The number one cause of home injuries is a cooking fire and no matter what age you are, you can probably relate to the fact where you have turn the stove on, walked away and completely forgot about it. Sometimes these mistakes are innocent, while other times they can be dangerous and even deadly. Prevent this from happening by installing an automatic stove shut-off feature that are now available to be added on stoves and can reduce the risk of accidental fires in the kitchen. When the smoke alarm sounds, you will receive a call to check that you are okay. This guards from false alarms and if you don’t answer, the operator can send the fire department for you. This system will call for help on its own, so you can live worry-free and not have to worry about not hearing the smoke alarm if and when it goes off. Smart lights are a popular feature in homes and can prevent fumbling for light switches in the middle of the night and possibly falling due to the dark. These lights can be programmed to turn on when you enter a room, or be a on a certain schedule to turn on at certain times during the day or night. A medical alert system is another wonderful feature that can be added to a home that allows people to have a quick and easy way to get help in case of an emergency. The medical alert system provides personalized help in seconds. If you press the button on the medical alert device, it will automatically call for help and get a trained operator on the line to make sure you are safe and send help if needed. In any type of fall or emergency, every second matters and this device can truly save lives by acting fast. Lastly, take advantage of the smart home security that is now available for use. There are sophisticated cameras and sensors that will keep you safe and can even learn your daily activities and notifies you if something seems off base. You are also now able to check the video streams to see who is at your door when the doorbell rings and let you know if the garage door has been left open as well. If you or your family gets locked out of the house, you will be able to let them in remotely. Just think of an updated some security system as having someone personally watching your home, whether you are there or not.     Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder.  For more information call (210) 408-9107.            
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