Your home’s security system can be difficult for the handicapped member of the family to manage. If they’re bound to a wheelchair or if they’re mentally handicapped, what they can do to keep the home secure and keep themselves safe in a home security emergency will be limited. But rather than see that as an obstacle, look at it as an opportunity to find a new way to work with their special needs. There are several ways you can improve the security of your home to work with their situation and to keep them safe no matter what happens.
1) Medical Alarm – If your handicapped family member is in a wheelchair or not entirely mobile, consider getting them a medical alert system. Medical alarms are placed on the person, so that when there’s a health problem, you can just press a button and the monitoring services will send emergency assistance your way. This is a personal alarm that can help not only with medical emergencies but with other security threats. Nationwide, crime rates are quite high against those who are handicapped because they are seen as easy targets. If someone breaks in and tries to take advantage of your handicapped family member, they can press the Help button and emergency services will come right away.
- Note: If the individual is also mentally handicapped and cannot understand when or when not to press the Help button, the monitoring service can be modified – you can have motion sensors placed around the house that learn their habits and can recognize when something unusual happens that may indicate a fall or medical emergency.
2) Remote Access Control – If possible, give the handicapped individual remote access to the security system. That way if they cannot get to the door they can unlock it remotely, or if they are alone and are worried about intruders they can turn on the motion sensors to detect anyone.
3) Video Surveillance – Install video surveillance with remote access so that you can keep an eye on them while you are away. This will increase their chances for safety and also increase your confidence and peace of mind about their security.
4) Monitoring Services – Use monitoring services with your home security system so that someone else has an eye on them at all times. This will ensure their safety if someone tries to break in while they are at home.
5) Hide Valuables from Plain Sight – Don’t keep valuables easily visible so that criminals can see them through the windows. If they know there is a handicapped person who lives there, they might be more likely to break in to your home as opposed to another home because they see that individual as not much of a threat.
6) Have an Emergency Escape Plan Established – If an emergency happens, like a fire in the home, everyone needs to get to safety. But as handicapped or wheelchair bound individuals probably can’t move as easily or quickly, you should have an established emergency escape plan. For example, if you have them always on the ground floor, it’ll be easier for them to get out. You can also assign family members to take care of this individual in certain circumstances to make sure that they also get out safely.
Even with a handicapped individual in the house, your home’s security system doesn’t have to cause problems. If done right, it should be a great blessing in keeping everyone in the family safe from harm and danger, including the handicapped individual.