How Senior Living Communities Provide Safety & Security

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It’s no surprise that research has identified the seniors as more susceptible to crime than any other age population. Even in reportedly ‘safe’ neighborhoods, staying protected within the home can be challenging. That’s why many individuals prefer to relocate to senior living communities. 

The best senior living communities will feature both active safety devices (security cameras, smoke detectors, and motion detectors) along with passive safety features built into the home (shower grab bars, slip-resistant flooring, adequate lighting, etc.).

In this article, we’ll highlight a few of the health and safety risks surrounding aging communities, and how senior living communities, like Shelby Park Manor, help to reduce these risks. 

Safety & Health Risks for Seniors

While you can’t mitigate every possible incident, senior living communities can certainly reduce the chance of accidental injuries that are common for those who are living alone, in multi-level homes, or in remote locations.

The most common safety and health risks for seniors include:

  • Trip & Fall Accidents
  • Forgetting to Take Medication or Over-Medicating
  • Accidental Fires or Burns While Cooking
  • Sprains & Strains 

Any one of these incidents can be devastating for aging communities, especially when there may be no one nearby who can help. Additionally, many of these accidents occur to seniors who live in multi-level homes or in spaces that have uneven flooring or loose area rugs and carpeting.

How Senior Living Communities Increase Safety for Residents

As previously mentioned, a good senior living apartment will feature a number of at-home safety features that can reduce the likelihood of slip-and-fall accidents, which are reported over 36 million times per year according to the CDC.

When visiting a senior living apartment, ask about the following at-home safety features:

  • Grip Bars in Bathrooms
  • Slip-Resistant Flooring
  • Security Guards
  • 24/7 Surveillance Cameras
  • All-Electric Kitchens
  • In-Unit Laundry Facilities
  • Well-Lit Pathways

And, a senior living facility that offers community activities and outings will help keep you active and reduce any mental and emotional stress that you may be feeling.

How Crime Affects Seniors

The more time you remain isolated, the more at risk you are from scammers and burglars. That’s why moving into a senior living community can increase your safety and reduce this risk. Senior communities help provide strength in numbers

Once an individual experiences a crime against their person or within their home, the effects can be traumatic, long-lasting, and paralyzing. When you move into a senior community, you can feel more at ease, especially because most communities screen visitors, provide 24/7 surveillance, and even have security guards.

Learn More About Shelby Park Manor’s Safety & Security Features

Shelby Park Manor is a 55+ senior living community in Michigan. We prioritize the safety of our residents both within their homes and while on community grounds. Our modern apartments are warm, welcoming, and outfitted with a wide array of safety features including around-the-clock surveillance, weather shelters, slip-resistant carpeting, and more. To learn more about our amenities and safety features, please contact us today to schedule a tour.

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