Complete a Home Security Check to insure your home is safe. Make a list of all valuables.
Trim Bushes to insure that the bushes do not hide criminals as they attempt to break in your home.
Install ramps or rails as needed to insure the safety of the resident.
Call your local Police department and inform them if your loved one has memory problems. Ask for an address advisory that will inform Officers of the situation before they arrive.
In stall alarm systems.
Use gunlocks on guns. Guns locks are provided free of charge at the Fort Sanders Senior Center or Sevierville Police Department.
Program ICE with emergency phone numbers.
Check for dangers around the home. Can you get out in an emergency? Do you have more than one way out?
Install fire alarms that have a light to help with escape.
Do locks on windows and doors work?
Put out dog warning signs or alarm signs. This will deter criminals.
Are there dangers in the kitchen? If your medical condition prevents you from cooking, consider frozen meals.
If your medical conditions prevent you from standing, install a shower seat in the tub and install a hand held showerhead.
Take pictures of valuables and record serial numbers in case of a burglary.
Get a phone with big buttons to insure 911 can be dialed quickly.
Get a cell phone to help with mobility. (www. safelinkwireless.com)
Don’t hide keys around the outside the house. Criminals use "hide a keys" to get into homes.
Motion lights make you aware of movement around your house. Well-lit areas will deter criminals.
Check mats in home to prevent falls.
Put your address number on all three sides of mailbox to insure that emergency personal can find your home.
Make sure address number on the house to insure that your home can be found in an emergency.
Med-Ray or lifelines as options for seniors who could use daily calls to insure safety.
911 will still work even if the phone has been cut off. Insure that you have a phone hooked up on the phone line even though you may not have phone service. This will give you another option in an emergency. Cell phones also work without service.
Do background checks on all caregivers. Be cautious about the helpful strangers.
Keep medication out of sight of the windows.
Don’t tell people what kind of medication you are on.
Secure all scheduled drugs. Drop off old medication to the Sevierville Police Department
Wear safety bracelets with medical information.
Extension cords case fire risk if used after 90 days.
Have flash out next to bed.
If you hear noise outside, do not turn on lights.
Keep doors locked and don’t let strangers in home.
Ask salesman to show you their permit.
Always report suspicious activity to the Police Department 453-5507. You do not have to give name.
Report crime when it is happening.
If you see someone who is banned from the property on the property, call the Police!! They present a danger to you and your family.
If you want your community police officer to know of activity in the area, call 868-1866.
Parking lot safety:
Be aware of your surroundings
Have keys in your hand when you walk towards your vehicle
Always lock vehicle
Keep valuables out of sight
Park in a well lit area
Don’t be distracted by talking on cell phone
Have cell phone in hand
Walk with pocketbook next to parked vehicles
If someone is around your vehicle, go back in store
Approach vehicle form behind
Don’t lean your body into trunk
Call the National and Tennessee do not call list and register by calling 1-877-TRA-7030and 1-888-382-1222.
Cell Phone do not call list 1-888-382-1222.
Opt out of credit card offers by calling 1-888-567-8688.
Opt out of Publisher’s clearinghouses Sweepstakes by calling 1-800-645-9242.
Opt out of American Family Sweepstakes by calling 1-800-237-2400.
Remove your name from junk mail list by sending a letter to Direct Marketing Association, Mail Preference Service at PO Box 22 Carmel, NY 10512.
Every time you fill out a warranty card, subscription, raffle, customer info card or credit card application include ” Please do not rent, sell, or trade my name or address”
Don’t carry social security card or birth certificate with you.
Shred all financial bills or personal information to insure that criminals don’t get your personal information.
Never give out personal information over the phone or internet
Don’t cash checks that you get in the mail from an unknown source
Block Scams on computer
Check Credit History once a year
Don’t have new checks sent to the house, pick up at the bank
Don’t send money to pay “lottery tax”
Signs of Driving Problems:
Accidents or close calls
Tickets or warnings for violation
Falling asleep in traffic
Getting lost on routine drives
Hitting stationary objects
Dents in vehicle
Slower reaction time
Feel confused by traffic signs
How people can drive safer:
Drive same route
Drive at slower time
Drive in right lane
Don’t drive during lunch or rush hour
Get an auto club
Exit at intersections when possible
Don’t drive at night or bad weather
Talk to doctors about medications that make you sleepy
Get a Seniors on the Go Pass
Follow at a greater distance
Don’t use cell phone while driving
Check for prescriptions interactions
Always wear seat belts correctly
Use an automatic transmission vehicle
Keep doors locked
Drive with head lights on
Take an AARP class
What do you do if you suspect that a loved one is not driving safely?
Ride with the loved one
Talk with doctor
Get eyes checked
Talk with Officers
Sign up for AARP Class
Talk with Senior about cost versus conveniences of driving (Senior transportation could be less expensive)
How do I ensure a caregiver will not abuse a loved one?
Require personal references
Look for a nursing student
Check background at Sevier County General Sessions 453-6116
Have a TBI criminal background check at www.tn.gov for $29.00