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USEFUL TIPS FOR THE ELDERLY, LESS ABLE OR INFIRM
Courtesy of Joe Price
Life can be difficult at times for most of us, even those lucky enough to enjoy good health and mobility. It can, however, be even harder for the elderly, less able or infirm, when even the simplest of tasks can be very hard to accomplish.
It is amazing, however, just how innovative these people can be in finding solutions to help alleviate their difficulties and, thereby make their life just that little bit easier.
I was both delighted and grateful to receive some tips from Joe Price, who is himself disabled. He has kindly agreed for me to reproduce these on site in the hope that it may be helpful to others.
I keep one of those disposable phones that I buy minutes for but it is also capable of calling 911 even when there are no more minutes or days left on it.
Joe has also sent me the following tip which he thought maybe useful for others. This information has been circulating since 2006 and, although it does have some merit, it is perhaps unwise to rely on it as the only form of alarm. Most of us have become 'immune' to alarms as they are so easily set off by birds, animals even vibrations.
PUT YOUR CAR KEYS BESIDE YOUR BED AT NIGHT
Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.
This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this:
It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage
If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break in your house, odds are the burglar rapist won't stick around... after a few seconds all the neighbours will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there.....
If someone is prone to falling tell them to carry their car keys with them in case they falls outside. They can activate the car alarm to alert others that there is a problem.
Obviously this is only relevant to those with car keys that have a 'panic' button on the fob.
INTRODUCING “ICE” which stands for “in case of emergency”. The idea is that in your mobile phone contact list, you create a new entry called ICE. You then insert a telephone number for the person you would want the emergency services to contact in the event of an emergency. You could in fact have say “ICE 1” for your next of kin, “ICE2” for another family member in event that next of kin was not available etc.
In the event of an emergency, say where you are rendered unconscious and emergency services are in attendance and need to contact your next of kin, they recover your mobile phone and immediately search under your contacts for your “ICE” contact. This procedure is now widely used amongst all emergency services and is an easy way for them to identify your next of kin should they consider that necessary.
Brought to our attention by Mr. Richard Jones
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