Other Alarm Tips

If you have a patient or relative living alone, you may want to speak with a social worker or your local office of the aging to evaluate if he or she needs assistance to live safely at home or to determine any special needs.

Purchase a cordless phone and/or cell phone, so they can have easy access to the outside world wherever they are.

Have emergency numbers (police, fire, poison control, and a neighbor's phone number) readily available in case of emergency.

Make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work properly.

Avoid the use of electric blankets, space heaters and other potential fire hazards.

Ensure regular check ups of eyesight. Make sure glasses and other vision aids are in good condition.

Ensure regular activity.

Buy furniture with good support that allows easy transition to sitting and standing. Add pillows to the backs of furniture so feet can touch the floor.

Know and understand the side effects of all medication. Write these down and make copies for all significant parties.

Always have an umbrella handy, for rainy and sunny weather.

Be cautious about rising too quickly after eating or sleeping. Sit upright for a few seconds to avoid becoming lightheaded or dizzy.

For some people, a small daily dose of alcohol can be healthy. Be sure of its effects on other medicines. Exercise caution in intake of alcohol. Install a shot dispenser, if needed.

The kitchen is likely the most hazardous place of any household:

Make sure that identification and medical information are always available in case of any emergency.

Communicate openly about all needs.

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