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Home safety upgrades for seniors living alone

Categories: Home Owner Tips, Raleigh New Homes | Posted: July 24, 2017

 

If you have an elderly parent who is living alone or you yourself are a senior living alone in your home, home safety is probably one of the main things you focus on for well-being and security. More and more seniors are aging in place and staying in their homes longer, and technology advances are a big part of that. Having a home that meets the needs of those in their older ages is a big reason why people can stay put in their home for as long as they may desire. If you are considering some safety upgrades or ideas for a senior home living situation, here are some simple safety upgrades that can make a world of difference.

First, take advantage of the smart home security that is now available for use. There are sophisticated cameras and sensors that will keep you safe and can even learn your daily activities and notifies you if something seems off base.

You are also now able to check the video streams to see who is at your door when the doorbell rings and let you know if the garage door has been left open as well. If you or your family gets locked out of the house, you will be able to let them in remotely.

Just think of an updated some security system as having someone personally watching your home, whether you are there or not.

Smart lights are a popular feature in homes and can prevent fumbling for light switches in the middle of the night and possibly falling due to the dark. These lights can be programmed to turn on when you enter a room, or be a on a certain schedule to turn on at certain times during the day or night.

You can even adjust these lights from your smartphone, so if you are at home or on the go you will have control over the lighting. These innovative lights mean you or your loved one will never have to walk through a dark home again on their own.

The number one cause of home injuries is a cooking fire and no matter what age you are, you can probably relate to the fact where you have turn the stove on, walked away and completely forgot about it. Sometimes these mistakes are innocent, while other times they can be dangerous and even deadly. Prevent this from happening by installing an automatic stove shut-off feature that are now available to be added on stoves and can reduce the risk of accidental fires in the kitchen.

A monitored smoke alarm is another safety feature that can really come in hand, especially if you want a quick way to get help in case you are asleep or not at home when a fire may occur in the home. This type of smoke alarm makes sure you know it has gone off.

When the smoke alarm sounds, you will receive a call to check that you are okay. This guards from false alarms and if you don’t answer, the operator can send the fire department for you. This system will call for help on its own, so you can live worry-free and not have to worry about not hearing the smoke alarm if and when it goes off.

A medical alert system is another wonderful feature that can be added to a home that allows people to have a quick and easy way to get help in case of an emergency. The medical alert system provides personalized help in seconds.

If you press the button on the medical alert device, it will automatically call for help and get a trained operator on the line to make sure you are safe and send help if needed. In any type of fall or emergency, every second matters and this device can truly save lives by acting fast.

Lastly, a medication dispenser can be a great tool if you have a lot of pills to take or have a loved one who is forgetful on what pills to take and when. This tool will automatically give daily reminders on when to take medications and what medications to take each day with multiple alerts and alarms.

 

Implementing any or all of these safety features can help you rest easier at night knowing you and your family is safe.

 

 

Royal Oaks Building Group is a new home builder in Raleigh and Fayetteville, North Carolina. For additional information about Royal Oaks building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.

Detoxing your bedroom 101

Categories: Home Owner Tips, New Homes in Fuquay-Varina | Posted: July 17, 2017

 

Summer is officially in full swing and it is the most popular time for people to take off work and attack some of the DIY home projects on their to-do list that they never get around too. While you may be used to hearing about detoxing your body and the health benefits associated with that, have you ever considered detoxing your bedroom? Royal Oaks Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Fuquay-Varina, shares why detoxing your bedroom is equally important to your overall health as detoxing your body.

Your bedroom is the one place in your home where you spend an average of 200,000 hours of your life. So, you want the place you go to rejuvenate yourself each day to not only be comfortable but also to be clean.

There are a few areas of your bedroom that if you don’t pay attention too and clean often, can easily get germs and collect dust very fast. If you disinfect these areas often, you can help prevent catching a cold while you catch up on your Z’s!

These are the main items in your home you will want to focus your detoxing efforts on:

Pillows. Most people are used to washing their bedsheets and linens on a weekly basis, but what about your pillows? Pillows often get neglected and if you don’t wash them regularly, your pillows can be the gatekeepers of germs and bacteria right under your nose without you even realizing it.

So how is best to clean your pillow? You will first want to make sure that your pillow can be thrown in the washing machine. If the pillow isn’t machine washable, don’t attempt to wash it anyways as it will most likely explode in the washing machine.

You will want to put two pillows in the washing machine at a time. This will allow the machine to stay balanced as it spins. Use a mind liquid detergent, as a powder detergent will leave residue on your pillows.

Then, run your pillows through the rinse cycle twice to make sure the detergent is out of the pillow. Lastly, throw the pillows in the dryer and add in 2 or 3 tennis balls that are wrapped in socks. This will help you fluff your pillows without the work!

The paint in your room will be the next area you want to check out and even consider putting a fresh new coat up as one of your summer projects. If the paint in your bedroom is not a low or non-VOC paint, purchase one that is and give your bedroom a nice new coat of much healthier paint to be in your atmosphere. Paint with VOCs, also known as volatile organic compounds, causes a big source of indoor air pollution and even is linked to risks of cancer, liver and kidney damage.

The next place in your room you will want to keep an eye out to keep clean will be the curtains in your room, if you have them. The best way to keep mold out of your bedroom is to open your shades and let the sunshine overpower any mold that may be growing in your bedroom. The sun helps remove excess moisture that make be hanging out. Get in the rhythm of opening your curtains in the morning and let the sun shine in all day long.

As a bonus, pull back your duvet cover and let the sun beam down on your pillows and sheets as well.

Lastly, if you have trouble falling asleep at night try taking a break from electronics at least an hour before you hit the hay. Electronics can disrupt your natural sleep habits, so limiting any screen time with any device an hour before bed can have you drifting off to sleep much quicker and easier.

 

Put these tips on your to-do list this summer and each turning season to help keep you healthy year round.

 

 

Royal Oaks Building Group is a new home builder in Raleigh and Fayetteville, North Carolina. For additional information about Royal Oaks building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.

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