resident safetyYou love your senior residents and want to protect their safety at all costs. Since the elderly are more vulnerable to theft and financials scams, as a manager you want to ensure you protect your senior resident community. There are practical ways to show them how much you care for their safety. Take a look at these precautions, which you may wish to implement on your property:

Coded Gate Access

Monitoring who is frequenting the property is a concern for most managers. You certainly don’t want any potential loiterers hanging around the property soliciting your residents or casing individual apartments for burglaries. With special keypads affixed to every entry, only the residents will know the code to enter to gain access to the property. Having the same system for car entry is also helpful.

Hire a Security Guard

Having a security guard periodically patrol the premises is a great way to show how much you care about your residents. It offers residents a sense of additional security and the assurance that if something suspicious is happening, the security guard is the first line of defense. Although it might mean an extra investment on your part, the goodwill is immeasurable. Having 24-hour access to contact a trained security professional ensures peace of mind.

Security Cameras

Surveillance is important in a senior resident community. Placing security cameras in the common areas like hallways, parking lots and near the community center offers a hands-on approach to protection. Features like night vision, a weatherproof exterior and high-definition surveillance are nice to have. In a senior resident community, tenant’s rights are important, so under no circumstances should cameras be placed within a resident’s living area.

Safety Social

Do you want to build a sense of community and raise awareness about safety? Consider a safety social for your residents. Try to plan a networking event once a month where residents have the opportunity to get together with neighbors, enjoy a light snack and talk about safety. In these meetings, inform residents of any relevant crime bulletins, safety concerns on the property and field questions from concerned tenants. This in-person approach will show residents how much you value their feedback and your dedication to always put safety first.

Monitor Property for Non-Criminal Safety Concerns

Is the building up to par with the safety code? Are electrical wires hanging out? Have you checked if all the fire extinguishers are working? Are flammable liquids stored properly? These are only a handful of issues you must monitor to make certain the property is a safe and habitable place for your residents to live. Call in an expert to inspect the surroundings periodically, and immediately make suggested repairs. Fixing a minor problem now can prevent a potential disaster in the future. Here’s a 10-point safety checklist — concerns you should sign off on before a new tenant moves in.

Offer Phone/Email Alerts

Sometimes it isn’t possible to go door-to-door to alert residents about a breach or safety concern on the property. Having an automated system which alerts tenants via text or email is an ideal way to keep everyone up to date about issues related to the community. It encourages residents to pay attention and be aware of their surroundings and gives them an option to let their caregivers know as well.

If you want to strive for a thriving senior resident community, manage the property so safety comes first. Your tenants will appreciate it!

Rudri Patel is a former lawyer turned writer and editor, wife, mother and observer. She has written for Brain, Child; Huffington Post; First Day Press; and Mamalode. She is seeking grace in the ordinary.

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