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Q: How can I keep Mom safe from intruders and potential dangers inside her home?

Posted October 16, 2013 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A: In an age of motion sensor technology, wireless communications and smart appliances, it is possible for a senior to stay in his or her home safely. Technology has allowed seniors to monitor carbon monoxide and fire and have the ability to push a button in the case of an accident or fall. Oliver Keeling, owner and operator of Astra Security, sat down with At-Home Care Company and gave some great information to keep seniors safe in their homes. Oliver has had extensive training, being a veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he worked as an electrical journeyman and then later working for Homeland Security. He is also a graduate from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology.  Some tips and tricks provided by Oliver:

Keep doors locked at all times. Seems simple but many forget to do this. Install a peep hole. Very inexpensive and security companies install them for next to nothing, such as Astra Security. Keep lights on a timer and bring in mail/trash cans to deter burglars from the house. Installa safety system that monitors carbon monoxide, fire and has alert button which can be professionally and affordably put in.

These security options and tips can provide an increased level of security for your loved ones and some peace of mind for you.

Information provided by Chelsea Spear, At-Home Care Company, 1513 N. Ankeny Blvd., Suite 4, Ankeny, 515-963-4410.

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