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Home safety upgrades for seniors living alone

Categories: Home Owner Tips, Raleigh New Homes | Posted: January 17, 2020

 

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, Mattamy Homes, a new homebuilder in Raleigh, has 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.

 

 

Mattamy Homes is a new home builder in Raleigh, North Carolina. For additional information about Mattamy Homes building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.

Holiday Preparation: The 101 on Cleaning Out Your Fridge

Categories: Home Owner Tips, New Homes in Raleigh, Uncategorized | Posted: December 20, 2019

There is less than a week until Christmas and if you are like many, that means that you will begin to have guests entering your home in the coming days. This also means that you might start tackling home cleaning and home improvement projects that you have been putting off all year, to have your home show ready for your guests. Since you will most likely being doing a lot of cooking leading up to Christmas, this weekend you can tackle a project you may have been putting off since last Christmas- cleaning out your fridge! Mattamy Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Raleigh, shares the top tips for how to correctly clean your fridge both quickly and efficiently.

Since your fridge is the hardest working appliance in your kitchen, it is good to keep it clean and organized to be sure it lasts you a long time in years, as well as gets rid of any breeding bacteria that may be lurking around from last fall when you last cleaned it out.

To give your fridge a thorough cleaning, you only need the following three items:

Baking Soda

A sponge or brush to clean with

Some soft cloths or paper towel

The first order of business will be to get rid of anything in your fridge that is either expired, or you haven’t used in the last 6 months. Chances are, even if it isn’t expired, it is just taking up space in your fridge at this point.

Work your way from top to bottom, and be sure to do the freezer at the same time.

Then, working from the top shelf down, remove the items on each shelf and remove the shelves themselves over to the sink. You will want to leave the shelves in the sink until they warm up to room temperature. Immediately starting to clean a cold shelf can cause them to crack.

Once your shelves have warmed up, mix equal parts baking soda with hot water and use that as your cleaning agent. You want to use the baking soda mixture over a dish soap, because your food will absorb the dish soap when you put them back in the fridge.

Next, while your shelves dry you can move to the walls of your fridge. Use the same baking soda mixture and scrub the inside, outside and handles of your fridge with the mixture. Let the solution sit for a few minutes before wiping it off with a cloth or paper towel, to ensure the areas get clean and rid of harboring bacteria.

If you have any lingering odor in your fridge, place an opened box of baking soda in the fridge and it will neutralize the odor, making it go away after a day or two.

Next, reassess what needs to go back in your fridge. Also, be sure you aren’t putting certain foods in the fridge that are better left out at room temperature. What common foods are no-no’s for the fridge? Avocados, onions, tomatoes, basil and potatoes are all foods that will keep better and longer if left out on the counter.

Lastly, organize the food and condiments as you put them back in the fridge. Keep in mind that the door is the ideal place for condiments and items that don’t need to be super cold, since it is the warmest part of your fridge. Dairy, for example, should never be kept in the door of a fridge!

Hopefully these tips leave you with not only a better looking and more organized fridge, but a healthier one as well.

 

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