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Staying Safe During Your Retirement

When preparing for retirement, it’s nice to have a plan. There are many things you can do when you retire – try a new hobby, travel, or learn a new skill – but there are a lot of decisions to make as well.

Before your retirement begins, consider the big things like where you’ll live. Many choose to stay in their home or downsize to a smaller place. Staying in your home can be freeing, but there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to your personal safety.

Housing Safety

If you’re staying in your home during your retirement, also known as aging in place, you need to make sure it’ll be safe. One of the biggest health risks seniors face are falls, so it’s important you make your home as fall proof as possible

Start by securing area rugs with rug pads or grippers. This will decrease your risk of tripping over edges and prevent rugs from slipping as you walk.

Keep clutter and decorations out walkways and thoroughfares as much as possible. If you have grandkids around, you may have a hard time keeping clutter contained to one specific area. For this reason, use nightlights in hallways, spare rooms, and bathrooms, even after the kids go home. Even though we all know our homes pretty well, nightlights can illuminate unexpected obstacles if you’re moving around at night.

For more unexpected emergencies like severe weather or natural disaster, keep an emergency and First Aid kit ready. Periodically check your supplies to ensure everything is still usable. Make sure you have flashlights, extra batteries, portable chargers for your cellphone or other devices, non-perishable food and water, extra medications and a First Aid kit.

Safe Banking Practices

Retirees and seniors are especially susceptible to being the victims of fraud and financial scams. To protect yourself against these scams, never give your social security number, banking details, or other personal information to anyone you don't know over the phone or online. A good rule to follow is if you didn't call the person you’re talking to, don't give them your information. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

For your and your family’s peace of mind, consider giving a trusted loved one access to accounts and some personal information just in case.

Health Safety

Your health should be one of your top priorities, but as you’re enjoying your retirement, it’s not uncommon to miss a dose or two of your essential medications. An alarm on your cell phone reminding you to take medications can help keep you on track. Keep them in a place that is easily accessible and portable for when you’re traveling. A weekly pill container can also help you keep track of your medication schedule.

For additional safety, keep a list of all your medications, dosages, and when you take them. Make sure this list is kept somewhere loved ones or emergency personnel can easily find in case of emergency.

Plan Ahead

As you enter retirement, it’s good to have a plan. If you’re planning to stay in your home, make sure your home is safe from any kind of potential emergency. It’s also good to have a backup plan in case your health changes or you simply change your mind.

Community living at The Chateau Girardeau is a great option for maintaining your freedom while getting the extra care you need. With community living, you can enjoy your retirement, make new friends and enjoy maintenance-free living. You’ll also have more time to travel and do things you love without worrying about mowing, cooking, or cleaning. Our community offers 24-hour security and staff to keep you safe, giving you and your family peace of mind.

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