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Senior Safety in Public Spaces

Senior Safety in Public Spaces

The team at Retire-At-Home sends their sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this week’s tragic attack on innocent bystanders at Yonge St. in Toronto. We want to take this time to remember our fellow citizens, who were just living their best lives in a public space. May they rest in peace.

Your safety is our priority. We realize that we can’t control everything, but there are little things we can do to help us be safe when we’re out for shopping or lunch away from home.

Get in a safety mindset

When we decide to go out, we check for our wallet, purse and keys. Maybe we also pack our medication, tissues, and a bottle of water. Why not add some steps to help ensure that you have an excellent day and prevent injuries?

Independent living can be challenging, including seniors or people who have some limitations, but it’s not impossible! Preparation is a key factor in making each day fulfilling. These tips are useful for anyone, and we invite you to share them to encourage safe habits.

Tips for safe day trips

  • Plan your route, whether you’re on your own or with a friend or caregiver. Knowing how to find the nearest amenities you may need along the way can prevent unnecessary detours or getting lost.
  • Let someone know where you’re going and when to expect your return. If you are hurt or lost, someone will come to look for you or advise the police to help.
  • Wear your Medical Alert medallion(s) and carry a list of your medication (if you don’t carry it with you already) in case of emergency.
  • Avoid walking close to the sidewalk edge. Vehicles can jump the curb or part of their body can brush against you while travelling quickly.
  • If you use a scooter or wheelchair, use the marked crossings. Leaving the sidewalk from an obscured position (such as between two parked cars) is dangerous. Oncoming traffic might not see you until it’s too late.
  • We love music and know that you do as well! However, keeping your earphones on while in a public space can dull your senses and your reaction time to any threats. Also, you may miss out on pleasant conversation with a new acquaintance.

How can Retire-At-Home Halton help?

Our team at Retire-At-Home wants you to be able to enjoy your daily outings. Promoting good habits means that we increase our chances of avoiding injury or accidents.

Consider using the Connect Care system to help you if you live alone. This simple Medical Alert button will call for help at the press of a button, even if you’re in the shower.

Companionship is part of a healthy approach to maintaining good mental health. Our qualified caregivers can help you participate in community activities or plan and organize your day trips or bus routes.

Home care in Halton is accessible and we can work with you to customize a health care plan that you and your family can afford. You can choose the services that you need, and our qualified nurses and caregivers will deliver the highest standard of care available for reasonable cost.

We provide home care services in the following areas: Halton, including Georgetown, Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Mississauga North. If you would like to discuss your individual needs (whether or not you’re a senior) contact Retire-At-Home Services Halton for a complimentary in-home consultation at 1-888-509-9394 or 905-864-9020. You can also use our online contact form or our live chat option.




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