Choosing the Right Home:
Safety and Security Considerations for Senior Adults
Moving to a new home is a big decision, especially in later life. Safety and security should be at the top of your list when choosing the right home.
With so many factors to consider, it can be overwhelming, but don't worry!
First things first, let's talk about the neighbourhood. You want to feel safe and secure in your new home, so it's important to research the area. Take a walk around and observe the people and houses. Is it a quiet street with friendly neighbours? Do the houses look well-maintained? Is there a strong sense of community? How quickly are cars driving along the roads nearby? These are all things to consider when choosing your new home.
Next, let's talk about the home itself. Is it in a safe and secure location? Does it have secure locks on all the doors and windows? Is there a security system or alarm in place? If not there already, you can also consider installing security features such as a peephole, deadbolt locks, and security cameras.
If you're worried about falling, consider a home with features like handrails and non-slip flooring.
Let's talk about accessibility. If you have mobility issues, you want to make sure the home is easily accessible. Are the doorways wide enough for a wheelchair or walker either now or for later on? Is there a step-free entrance? Are the light switches and outlets easily accessible? These are all important things to consider when choosing the right home.
Next, let's talk about appliances. You want to make sure the appliances are in good working order and are safe to use. Check for gas leaks and make sure the water and electrical systems are up to code. If you have any concerns, have a professional inspect the home before you move in.
If the property has a gas supply, the seller will be required to provide a Gas Safe Register certificate including it in the purchase documentation pack.
Finally, let's talk about the garden. If you enjoy gardening or spending time outside, you want to make sure the garden is safe and secure. Is there a fence around the property? Are there any hazards like uneven paving or loose steps? You can also consider installing a gate or adding lights for extra security.
It can be tough to let go of sentimental items, but try to think about it from a practical standpoint. Ask yourself, "When was the last time I used this?" or "Do I have room for it in my new home?" If the answer is no, it may be time to say goodbye.
Once you've sorted through all of your items, it's time to make decisions about what to do with them. If you have items in good condition that you no longer need, consider donating them to a local charity. If you have items that you think would sell well, consider having a yard sale or listing them online. And if you have items that are in bad shape, it's best to throw them away.
In conclusion, choosing the right home with safety and security in mind is crucial when moving in later life. Consider the neighbourhood, the home itself, accessibility, appliances, and the garden.
Do your research, and don't hesitate to ask for help if you need it. Moving to a new home can be a big change, but with these considerations in mind, it can be a smooth and stress-free transition.