Tips for Helping Your Senior Feel Safe at Home Alone at NightEven if your aging parent has care with them for a large portion of the day, they will still likely be alone during the night. This can be unnerving for an aging adult, particularly one who has only recently begun to live alone in their home. As their family caregiver, it is important to take steps to help your senior feel safe at home when they are alone at night so they feel more secure, get better sleep, and are less likely to call you and interrupt your rest because they are frightened.

Use these tips to help your senior feel safe at home alone at night:

  • Have a locksmith come to the house and review all points of entry with you and your senior. This should include all doors and windows, especially those rarely used by your parents. Together you can then create a multifaceted locking approach that provides greater security. This should include locks that are not easily accessible, such as those near the top of rarely used doors.
  • Install lighting around the home to eliminate dark, shadowy areas that can be intimidating at night. Look for motion-activated flood lights that illuminate a large area.
  • Add security cameras around the home. Use basic cameras around the sides and back of the house, and consider one with video and two-way audio to the front door so they can see and communicate.
  • Add nightlights throughout the home so it is not as dark throughout the space.
  • Consider adding a white noise machine or fan to your parents’ bedroom to produce a soft sound that creates a soothing environment.
  • Add simple alarms to windows and rarely used doors. Look for small alarms that feature two pieces connected by a magnet. When installed, these alarms make a very loud, high pitched sound if the magnet is separated.

It is completely normal to sometimes feel overwhelmed in your role as a family caregiver. It is important to remember if you are feeling this way that you are not alone. There are resources available to you to make your role easier, while still ensuring your senior gets everything they need. Introducing home care into their care routine I can be a tremendously valuable decision for both of you. Starting home care means giving your parents the diversified, effective, and respectful care and assistance they need to manage their challenges and limitations in the ways that are right for them, while also encouraging them to pursue as much independence and activity as possible as they age in place. For you, it means peace of mind, greater flexibility in your schedule, and the opportunity to focus your energy and attention in the ways that are most meaningful to your parents, your relationship with them, and everyone else who depends on you. This can ease stress, preserve your relationship with your parents, and create greater quality of life for both of you.


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