Preparing for an Emergency: Tips for Seniors

As is the nature of preparing for an emergency, they do not come with a warning.
An emergency can be anything from an injury to the danger posed by an unwelcome visitor. The impact of an emergency is often more severe for vulnerable people such as the elderly and disabled. This is because elderly people are usually comparatively more physically restricted, and may not be able to reduce the impact of an emergency situation as a non-restricted person may do so. It is therefore paramount that we look after our ageing loved ones as best as possible.

It is not always feasible to physically watch your elderly loved ones or accompany them outside of the home. You may ask questions such as ‘what if while you are out of town for work, their home is hit by an emergency?’ or ‘what if your parents or grandparents are severely injured and unable to call for help?’ There are a few steps that you can take in order to help put your mind at ease and a ‘prepare your elderly for an emergency’ situation.


Staying up to date on current events, especially those within the local area, can help your elderly loved ones to avoid potentially dangerous situations. Local news may offer advice such as ‘stay indoors’ if the weather is icy, or give information on local events which could cause certain areas to be busy and therefore more dangerous for elderly people.

You should encourage your elderly family members to keep a tab on the latest news in their area via mediums such as television, radio, or even the internet and social media if they are tech-savvy. If they are unable to navigate through the web, you may want to subscribe to the latest update service for their area and keep them updated with the latest information. Staying informed is the key to staying safe.


Creating a plan for your elderly loved ones in the event of an emergency could help them to feel more prepared and therefore deal with the situation better. It is difficult to guess what a real-life ‘preparing for an emergency’ situation may entail however putting together some bits and pieces in a kit can help to prepare your elderly loved ones for certain emergency situations. A safety kit should contain essential items such as water, non-perishable food, medications, an emergency light and a first aid kit. With these items to hand, they are able to leave the house in a hurry if necessary, identify obstacles if the lights were to go off and ensure that they remain medicated, fed and hydrated if nobody is able to get to them for a prolonged period of time. You should also make sure that your elderly loved ones know what their immediate action would be in certain emergency situations. Make sure to review both the emergency plan and emergency safety kit on a periodic basis to ensure they are adequate.


Thanks to technological advancement in the medical field, we can now make sure that no matter how far you are from our parents and grandparents, they are able to contact us or a response centre for help. With a personal alarm device, you can feel confident that they will receive immediate medical attention should it be needed.

At SureSafe, we offer a wide range of personal alarms. They feature an emergency button that can be worn as a pendant or around the wrist. If an emergency situation should present itself, the wearer is able to press the emergency button in order to send an alert signal to a designated contact or our 24/7 response centre. This ensures that if they were to injure themselves or become ill they would receive assistance quickly. This can help to drastically improve the chances of a full recovery and recovery time.

Our collection of personal alarms include devices with a variety of features to cater to a wide range of needs. We offer devices with automatic fall detection included. This style of personal alarm measures things such as air pressure and speed to automatically detect when a fall takes place. The device will then alert the response centre without the user having to press the button themselves as they may be unable to do so after a fall. In addition to this, we also offer mobile personal alarms for those maintaining an active lifestyle. They utilise GPS technology so that users are able to call for help no matter their location. They can also be tracked so that they can be easily located in the event of an emergency. Our devices also provide two-way communication technology which allows the wearer to talk to the response centre via the pendant itself, rather than via the landline base unit as is necessary with most brands of personal alarm. Through this responders are able to learn more about the circumstances of the situation, provide appropriate assistance and give assurances.

Through the implementation of a personal alarm system, your elderly loved ones are able to maintain an independent lifestyle for longer. This directly correlated to overall happiness and wellbeing in elderly people. Whether you are looking for a panic alarm button, a mobile personal alarm device or a landline based alarm, SureSafe has the ideal solution for almost any circumstance. We are committed to providing an added layer of security to elderly citizens helping to give you peace of mind.

Explore our entire range of personal alarm systems online. Not sure on the best option for your loved ones? Contact a member of the SureSafe team today for expert guidance and support.