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Safety tips

As we age, we become more vulnerable to accidents and harms. Keep yourself or elderly loved ones safe at home by making minor adjustments. Explore our safety tips and guides to learn more about making your home safe and comfortable for later life.

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Fall prevention

Falls among the elderly can lead to hospitalisation and loss of independence. Conducting risk assessments and taking preventative measures can make a big difference in maintaining their wellbeing.

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Home security

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of older adults our guide offers practical advice on fall prevention, home security, and health and wellbeing management.

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Elderly care experts answer biggest questions about safety

Receive expert guidance on how to maintain the safety and well-being of older adults. Discover solutions to frequently asked questions regarding fall prevention, home safety, fraud protection, and strategies to enhance independence and security in the later stages of life.

What are common safety measures that older adults should consider?

Look at removing trip hazards and improving strength and balance to reduce the risk of falls. As we age, injuries from falling can have serious consequences.

It is also a good idea to be aware of scams and cons that target the elderly. This can help prevent financial fraud, which has an emotional impact as well as being costly.

There are also assistive devices to help monitor health and emergency alarms, that ensure help can quickly be called if needed,

How can you reduce the threat from fires and smoke?

Accidental fires in the home and the dangers from smoke inhalation are risk to everyone but the elderly are more at risk. They may be less mobile and find it difficult to get out of the home in an emergency.

To keep older people safe at home, regularly check smoke alarms work. Consider a monitored smoke alarm that automatically alerts a call centre when smoke is detected. Make sure escape routes are clear with good lighting.

Can pensioners get free smoke alarms?

Pensioners or vulnerable individuals may be eligible for free smoke alarms through local fire safety initiatives in some areas.

Do the fire brigade fit smoke alarms for the elderly?

Several fire services in local areas offer free home fire safety checks. These checks include installing and testing smoke alarms, creating escape routes, and identifying potential fire hazards. If you have hearing or vision impairments, the fire service may provide specialised smoke alarms at no cost.

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I found the setup process easy, and the helpful Customer Services team helped me whenever needed. I carried out thorough testing across various locations within the house and garden, and the alarm worked perfectly fine.

Steve's out-and-about GPS personal alarm gives him the confidence to remain active in his local community.

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If John hadn’t been wearing the device around his neck, it would have been very difficult to locate him. If it hadn’t been for the people helping us, I dread to think what would have happened.

John has Alzheimer’s disease and uses his GPS personal alarm to live independently. Taking Care used the GPS to find John when he went missing.

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