Home Instead Blog

Tips for Older People to Feel Safe and Secure at Home
Apr 22, 2013

Home Instead Senior Care is encouraging local communities to look out for their older relatives and neighbours, as everyone has a right to feel safe and secure in their own home.  

Share these tips to help protect older people, their families and neighbours:
  1. Shred documents that could be useful to criminals, including bank statements, credit card statements and offers, and other financial information
  2. Hang up your phone, do not open the door – or close the door if you get urgent, demanding, unsolicited callers
  3. Never give out personal information and don't agree to give money over the phone. Rather, ask for written information to be sent through the mail. The best rule of thumb is to never provide information in a phone call that you did not initiate
  4. Watch for individuals who have befriended you or a loved one. Ask a trusted family member or friend to talk to this new individual.  A thief won't stick around long to chat
  5. Find trustworthy people who can serve as your eyes and ears by screening door-to-door scammers and others and any others who seek to exploit you by telephone or computer. Helpers could be neighbours, relatives, friends, community leaders or professional caregivers such as those from your local Home Instead Senior Care office.