According to a report released by the U.S. Department of Justice, persons aged 65 and older were victims of 2.7 million property and violent crimes (either attempted or completed) over a period of five years. Fewer than 4 in 10 property crimes were committed against individuals aged 12 to 24 while more than 9 in 10 property crimes were perpetrated against the elderly.
In addition to “non-violent” classified crimes, violent crimes are also on the rise. In one California city, there have been several disturbing reports of sexual assault and murder of the elderly. Harold Miller, resident of the once-quiet neighborhood of California remarks, “We had two break-ins at our home. One of the parties came with a shotgun.” Another senior named Patti explains how she is afraid to wear her nice jewelry. “I should have the right to wear the jewelry I want and not feel threatened… And yet, I’m aware when I put it on that perhaps today will be the day someone wants to grab it off my neck.”
ClearCare is proud to offer a reliable homecare system and homecare software program that helps caregivers remember important safety precautions to help keep seniors safe. Using a dependable homecare system and homecare software ensures a caregiver is always at the senior’s home when she is scheduled to be there. Here are 5 more safety measures seniors and their caregivers can take to prevent crimes.
- Make sure all doors and windows are securely locked at all times. It may also be wise to install deadbolts or invest in a home security system.
- Never open the door to anyone but trusted individuals.
- Don’t wear expensive jewelry or advertise possessions that might entice criminals.
- Make it clear that other people such as family members or home care aides are at the home often.
- Keep valuables, cash, and medications in a secured location. If the criminal can’t find what he’s looking for in a hurry, he may leave.
Using ClearCare’s Homecare System for Safety
Seniors are often targeted for their medications. Experts recommend concealing prescription pills and bags with pharmacy logos when picking up medications. Caregivers can use ClearCare’s homecare system and homecare software to track medication refill information and pick up medicine for their clients.
Securing elders’ safety is difficult because many seniors are separated by long distances from their family. ClearCare’s homecare system and homecare software solves this problem by providing family members 24/7 access to their loved one’s care. Not only will caregivers be diligent about keeping seniors safe, families will have peace of mind that this is truly the case.
Has one of your elderly relatives been a victim of a crime? Ask a ClearCare representative today how our homecare software can help keep your loved ones safe and secure.