Many people from vulnerable sectors within our communities (for example, seniors, people with disabilities, etc.) want to remain independent and understandably stay in their homes.
They want to be able to do what they enjoy and still get out and about, and they don’t want their families or caregivers to stress and worry about them.
Loved ones want to support their wishes but can’t help but be concerned for their safety, especially if they live alone.
5 Tips for older adults living alone:
1. Fall proof your house – install handholds and bars in the bathroom.
2. Always keep your safety pendant or a mobile phone nearby.
3. Have an updated list of emergency contact numbers.
This can include family, friends, neighbours and 000 – all of these can be programmed into your safety pendant.
4. Set up regular check-ins with family and friends.
Schedule weekly phone calls or visits with your loved ones so they can better know if you’re okay.
5. Security – make sure your fire alarms work and that you always lock your windows and doors.
What’s the difference between a Safety Pendant and a mobile phone?
A Safety Pendant is smaller, lighter and simpler to use. A mobile phone can call anyone, designed for frequent use, whereas all safety pendants have a prominent SOS button to call only pre-programmed emergency contacts (i.e., family, friends, neighbours).
The Rova Personal Medical Alarm is ideal for individuals in areas with very poor reception, thanks to its larger antenna.
Falling can be a scary experience, especially if you are home alone. So, in addition to pressing the SOS button on your safety pendant, here are some helpful tips on what you can do after falling.
Remain still and try to take deep breaths for a moment. This will help you recover from the shock of the fall.
Determine if you are injured
Before trying to move or stand up, remember to take the time to determine whether you are hurt to avoid making any injury worse.
Slowly stand up
If you feel you can safely stand up, you should roll onto your side first. Then, when ready, you can carefully move to a sturdy chair. Place both hands on the chair’s seat and slide one foot flat on the floor. By leaving the other knee bent, you can slowly get up and turn yourself around to sit in the chair.
Call for help
If you have not already, press the SOS button on your safety pendant or use alternative ways to call for help as needed.
Making a donation with products
One of the most efficient ways to give to Charity is by making an in-kind donation of products. This is a simple and tax-efficient way to contribute to a cause, but it’s often underutilised.
We will apply the donation of products and services where needed most, or the Donor can nominate the cause where they would like to make a difference. Remember to always seek tax advice for your particular circumstances before donating.
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