November 23rd, 2013 9:29 AM by Dan Howard
Go through the home and change all of the light bulbs. A
senior may not be safe climbing on a chair or ladder to change a light bulb. On
the other hand, it is difficult to ask someone to come over and change a light
Installing grab bars and hand rails where needed is a great gift. Proper
placement is critical, but a person may need to pose on the commode or get out
of a bathtub to determine the right location. Many seniors find it difficult to
face the embarrassment of calling a stranger to install these simple but
important safety features.
Buy a nice decorative cloth bag. Simply add a visible, but tasteful label that
says”Medical Information” It should be hung near the front door. Medical information is critical during a
medical emergency. Having this bag in
plain sight can make a life or death difference in a medical emergency. Having it be pretty, that is a nice bonus.
Change turning door knobs to lever handles. Everyday living
is easier with lever handles and when trying to get through a door to call for
help or escape a fire, it can make a life or death difference.
Add an exterior blinking light to signal emergency personnel
that they have the right home. This does not need to be fancy. It could even be
a fun gift like a decoration that can be appropriate as a Christmas decoration
but also stay up all year. One example is a star decoration. It could also be as simple as an extension
cord run through a window with a colored light bulb screwed into a socket that
has a built in blinker. The plug into
the wall socket device for making a light blink will be easy to find this time
of year in your favorite store’s Christmas decoration area. In our family, a
lighted Leprechaun would fit the bill.
Install a keyless combination door lock at an exterior door. Nobody wants to bust down a door to check if
someone is OK. Imagine the embarrassment
of “oopps, I busted down your door while you were out Christmas shopping”. A code combination lock can provide access to
friends, relatives or emergency personnel without the delay that usually occurs
before someone is willing to break down a door.
Purchase a freeze alarm.
Snowbirds and winter vacationers alike can avoid the possible flooding and
major damage of their home if the heat goes out and pipes freeze. There are alarm units that will call out to
another phone number before homes or crawl spaces freeze. Many of these are
available for under $ 100.00.