Senior's Safety Checklist
Seniors who live at home, either with a partner or alone, can be vulnerable. We are increasingly hearing of instances where this vulnerability has been taken advantage of by opportunistic thieves and con artists.
To improve your safety or that of a loved one, use our handy Seniors Safety Checklist:
- Get to know your neighbours. Once a friendship is formed, you will look out for each other.
- Create an invisible housemate. Women living alone may choose to have a male relative or friend speak on their answering machine, such as "We're unable to take your call, please leave a message".
- Check before you open the door. Ask who is calling and if it is a stranger, talk to them through a locked screen door.
- Invest in a personal alert system for your medical and personal safety. Monitored systems give you direct contact with an operator in a monitoring centre at the push of a button.
- Don't let strangers in. Even if someone wants to use your phone - direct them to the nearest phone box, or make the call for them.
- Check the credentials of tradespeople & ring their company to check their identity.
- Don't tell strangers where you live, or any personal family or financial details.
- Don't carry large amounts of money, or keep large amounts of money in your home.
- Trust your instinct! If something doesn't feel right, you think someone is inside, or you feel unsafe, ring the police on 000.
To talk to RAA about senior safety, call 8202 4695, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more tips, visit the Australian Government website: seniors.gov.au
Information courtesy of Neighbourhood WatchSA, July 2012.