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Maintaining a sense of security in your home is essential for peace of mind and independent living. However, age-related changes can make you feel more vulnerable to break-ins, accidents, or emergencies within the home.

Common scenarios and concerns

Lifestyle and equipment options to help you

Break-ins and unauthorised access.

This can lead to theft of valuables, damage to property, and a feeling of insecurity.

Intruder alarms: Systems with audible sirens and flashing lights deter break-ins and alert authorities.

Falls and emergencies within the home.

This can lead to delayed medical attention, potential injuries that go unnoticed.

Personal alarms: Worn as pendants or bracelets, these devices allow you to call for help with a single press.

Fire hazards.

This can lead to devastating property damage, injuries, or even loss of life.

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Early warning systems are crucial for fire and carbon monoxide emergencies.

Feeling isolated or vulnerable.

This can lead to anxiety about being alone and difficulty reaching help in an emergency.

Video doorbells: See and speak to visitors before opening the door, enhancing security and reducing social isolation.


Common security concerns for independent living

Here are some security concerns that may become more prominent as you age:

  • Break-ins and unauthorised access: The fear of someone entering your home without permission can be a significant concern.
  • Falls and emergencies within the home: A fall or sudden medical emergency can leave you unable to call for help.
  • Fire hazards: The ability to detect and respond quickly to fire hazards is critical for safety.
  • Feeling isolated or vulnerable: Living alone can sometimes lead to feelings of isolation and vulnerability, especially in the case of an emergency.

Equipment and aids to help you feel safe

By incorporating these home security solutions into your living environment, you can create a safer and more secure haven:

Deterring burglaries

  • Intruder alarms: These systems are equipped with sensors that detect unauthorised entry, triggering loud sirens and flashing lights to deter intruders and alert neighbours. Consider options with window and door sensors for comprehensive protection.
  • Security cameras: Visible security cameras outside your home can act as a deterrent to potential burglars.
  • Good door locks and window latches: Ensure all exterior doors have sturdy deadbolts and windows have secure locks or latches.

Emergency response systems

  • Personal alarms: Worn as pendants or bracelets, these devices allow you to connect with a monitoring centre or emergency services with a single press of a button. Consider options with GPS tracking for added safety when outdoors.
  • Medical alert systems: These systems often combine personal alarms with additional features like fall detection or medication reminders, providing comprehensive emergency support.

Fire safety essentials

  • Smoke detectors: Install smoke detectors on every floor of your home and ensure they are regularly tested and maintained.
  • Carbon monoxide detectors: Carbon monoxide is odourless and can be life-threatening. Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home, particularly near gas appliances or fireplaces.

Connection and security

  • Video doorbells: See and speak with visitors before opening the door through a two-way audio and video system. This provides greater control over who enters your home and reduces the risk of unwanted visitors.
  • Neighbourhood Watch schemes: Participating in a local Neighbourhood Watch scheme can foster a sense of community and provide additional security through neighbourly support.

Additional things to consider

  • Lighting: Adequate lighting outside your home can deter intruders and improve visibility at night. Consider motion-sensor lights for added reassurance.
  • Keeping valuables secure: Store valuables in a secure safe or safety deposit box.
  • Be cautious about unsolicited calls and visitors: Never give out personal information or allow unknown people into your home.
  • Maintain your home security system: Regularly test your security system and alarms to ensure they are functioning properly.

Where to buy equipment to help keep your home safe

Plymouth City Council, NHS Devon, and Livewell Southwest have jointly commissioned NRS Healthcare to deliver the Safe+Well service, and they have over 2,500 daily living aids that you can purchase by mail order, telephone, or online.

View the Plymouth Safe+Well website

NRS has a dedicated phone line with a trained team of specialists who can answer any questions you might have. Just call 0345 6461860.

Other places to buy equipment from:

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