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The Best Home Security Tips for Homebound Seniors

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While we as Americans and world citizens are currently (mostly) homebound ourselves due to government restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 Pandemic, many of our seniors have been homebound for a lot longer.

Do you have an elderly family member who lives alone?

Have you given their continued safety enough consideration?

In this article, we will give you the best home security tips for homebound seniors! Please share with those you love.

Who is Considered a Homebound Senior?

The definition of a homebound senior:

being homebound or housebound means an individual is unable to leave their home without difficulty, and due to this difficulty, generally does not leave their home. It is usually due to advanced age, illness, or a disability.

Often, seniors deal not only with their advanced age, but they also have illnesses or disabilities that would prevent them from leaving their homes.

How To Keep a Homebound Senior Safe

The best way to keep a homebound senior safe is to create a safety care plan with all parties involved.

Who needs to be included in this security and safety plan?

  • the senior(s)
  • adult children
  • primary physician
  • home healthcare workers
  • home care workers

While this plan most often focusses on physical health; making sure meds are taken, doctor appointments are kept and food is delivered, cooked and eaten, there has to be ONE central command center, so to speak.

Once a plan has been formulated, it’s time to put it into action.

Tracking Progress and Safety

While the senior in your life might or might not have access and the ability to use technology, the care team certainly does.

We found several great apps to check out to coordinate efforts to keep the senior healthy and safe.

We liked these two:

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Buddy

The Alzheimer’s Association, a leader in action and awareness around the disease, developed this “caregiver buddy” app to help caregivers manage their personal stress, navigate family conflict and reach a 24/7 helpline.

The app includes features like daily care tips for tasks related to hygiene and meal times, and fun activities that will stimulate the body and mind of someone living with dementia. It also covers how to cope with new and sometimes overwhelming behaviors, like aggression or hallucination.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Buddy is available for free on iPhone or Android.

 

Caring Bridge

Communication is critical when dividing caregiving duties among multiple people — and that’s where CaringBridge can help. CaringBridge connects several caregivers through one app, allowing several people to keep track of appointments, changes in health and other essential information.

Users can also send each other inspiring messages and motivation through the app, which really helps pull together a team of caregivers in the toughest moments.

CaringBridge is available for free on iPhone or Android.

Home Security Tips for Seniors

If the senior in your life lives at home, here are the best home security tips we’ve found to protect your senior. If the senior lives with you and your family, we recommend you read this.

Immediate Access to Emergency

This is the number one concern so set up your senior with a panic button so that help is on the way quickly. It could save their life!

Fire Safety

If the senior in your life is still doing some home cooking, it might be time to install some additional safety measures.

Start with this checklist of prevention tips, and move onto these types of devices, if needed!

Then invest in an automatic stove turn-off device before the first fire even starts.

Security Cameras and Smart Technology

If you can’t be with them all the time, the closest, or second-best option is to install security cameras in your senior’s home. Both Alarm.com and Honeywell Total Connect offer apps with smarthome technology to keep an eye on your senior. While this is something the senior has to agree to, it might give all of the family peace of mind!

Install and Teach Your Senior To Use The Peephole

This goes without saying, and seniors might need to hear this more than once; not everyone who comes to their door is up to good. Remind your senior to not open the door to strangers.

Keep Windows and Doors Locked When at Home!

While fresh air is great, open doors and windows could potentially invite unwanted visitors. We don’t recommend scaring your senior, but common sense should prevail. When living alone, they need to be aware of doors and windows and not leave them opened and unattended for long periods of time!

Alert the Senior of Phone Scams Targeting Seniors

Keep this dialogue going! Local police will often warn of local scams, and putting a note near your senior’s phone might be a good start! The note should remind them to NEVER give out their Social Security number, a credit card number, or send money. When in doubt, they need to know it’s OK to disconnect the call!

How Can We Help?

We at Strand Security understand you might not live near your senior. If we can help you keep you in any way as you navigate keeping your loved one safe from a distance, do not hesitate to reach out!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

 

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10 Reasons To Love Our Community

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This is the THIRD in a series of 12 articles published to celebrate Strand Security’s 10th anniversary. Read:

10 Reasons To Love Smarthomes

10 Reasons To Love The Grand Strand

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While this article was planned back in January 2020 as part of our 12 month-long 10-year anniversary celebration, this month is the right time to write it as we are collectively struggling with the effects of a Pandemic.

What a different article it will be than originally planned.

While we at Strand Security love our community, we have come to understand how much our community loves us back.

In light of this COVID-19 Pandemic, our Grand Strand community is doing some amazing things. 

Check out these amazing people, groups, organizations, and individuals who call the Grand Strand ‘home’. We are honored to live and work here alongside them.

Here Are 10 Reasons to Love Our Community!

(in no particular order!)

1) #MyrtleBeachStrong Bringing Hope To Those in Need

The city of Myrtle Beach shares a message of strength during COVID-19 pandemic.

Christian Sliker with the Myrtle Beach Fire Department came up with the idea of #MyrtleBeachStrong.

“Be safe, be calm, be responsible, be #MyrtleBeachStrong,” the city of Myrtle Beach said in a post.

The Myrtle Beach community will see this message on local billboards; and on social media where we all meet to offer help and support.

2) Facebook Groups Connect Offers of Help With Those in Need

Horry County Citizen’s Crisis Response Facebook group is brand new just this month, yet already had helped so many local residents.

This local news story tells to story of a 93-year-old woman who needed a new fridge. Not only was a new fridge donated, but it was also picked up, delivered and stocked full of food. What an amazing act of kindness.

3) Restaurant Delivery Service During This Pandemic

While this might not matter to some, to others who don’t know how to cook or care to cook, the closing of restaurants has been hard. Another reason to love our community is that restaurants now deliver food!

Check out this story and be sure to order some food; for curbside pickup or delivery. One Facebook user shared that a local restaurant added a gift of toilet paper to his delivery, which made his day!

4) Teachers Hold Parade For Kids

If the kids can’t come to school, teachers will show the kids how much they care!

Teachers and staff from Burgess Elementary paraded through their kid’s neighborhoods on Monday with decorated cars honking and waving from a safe distance so their school children would know they were thinking of them during the coronavirus recess.

Due to social distancing practices, the cars carried only a couple of teachers each, hence the need for about a dozen cars in the procession.

As the cars slowly drove by, teachers waved and greeted their kids by name. Students didn’t walk up to the cars out of safety precautions, but waved back as the teachers passed.

5) A Little River Distillery is Making Craft Sanitizers

Due to the coronavirus, Twelve 33 Distillery is switching from making craft liquor to craft sanitation supplies to help local hospitals and residents.

Osborn said while he wouldn’t make liquor this strong, his stills can produce alcohol strong enough to put into sanitizer. Currently, he is using the Center for Disease Control’s recipe for hand sanitizer and hopes to be giving it out to residents, hospitals and public safety soon.

6) Community Pop-Up Pantries

Like this one at Infinity Hair Salon next to Walmart at 3630 Walton Dr, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

‘Take what you need, leave what you don’t”

Donations are streaming in and those in need can just come and take, no questions asked!

7) Hot Meals Served Daily to Those in Need

While cooking at home is great, what if you don’t have a home? The Shepherd’s Table serves a hot meal twice per day. They are located in Conway and serve a to-go lunch at 11 AM – 12 PM and to-go dinner 4 PM-5:30 PM according to their Facebook Page.

1412 Gamecock Ave # A, Conway, SC 29526

8) Fresh Produce at Reduced Prices

When the hotels and restaurants started to close, local company A & A Produce found themselves ‘stuck’ with lots of fresh produce. Rather than throw it away, they pivoted and offered $20 boxes of fresh produce to the community. That offer has been well-received.

9) When Hotel Kitchens Shut Down, Food Inventory Was Donated

We found this post to be so heart-warming.

It starts like this:

“hi guys!! my father works at a hotel at the beach and he had to shut down his kitchen so that means that he has a lot of perishable items to give away!

if you or someone you know needs the following items, please feel free to reach out and dm me!!

everything is FREE and has to go!!

if you know people that are in need, let me know!!

we are willing to deliver as well!”

The response was overwhelming – all food was distributed and donated! Well done.

10) Local Resident Collects Easter Baskets To be Be Delivered Along With Food

Marnie Kennedy is no stranger to helping out. During recent hurricanes and floods, she has been the driving force behind many projects to benefit local Grand Strand Residents. Her tagline ‘Leave it To Marnie’ is brilliant. Check out how she’s organizing a 3000 Easter Basket project.

If you are in need or know of someone else in need, please reach out to us at Strand Security. We will do what we can to help!

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

 

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How To Be Safe at Home During a Pandemic

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Social Distancing, Self-Quarantine, and Shelter-in-Place

No matter where you live or work, chances are that you’ve been affected by COVID-19. “In times like these” isn’t a phrase we can use because none of us have ever seen a time like this before. We are in this together, whether we like it, or not.

As South Carolinians, we have dealt with floods, hurricanes and lengthy school closures, but nothing of this magnitude.

Whether you are practicing social distancing, self-quarantining or have been asked to shelter in place, please know we feel anxiety, stress and worries just like you are.

Everyone is Home; How to Stay Safe!

Now that everyone in your household, and perhaps with an extra family member, college student or elderly parents who moved (back) in, is home – how can you keep everyone safe?

Physical Safety

Unless you’ve opened your pool early this year, or you are using power tools, staying safe at home during this Pandemic means practicing and adhering to safety protocols as usual.

Test and change your smoke alarm batteries, tend to fires, and be sure to alarm you home when you are in it!

Watch your kids as you normally would – and remove known safety hazards.

Mental Health

This is a bit trickier. Your mental health is important to be able to function at home for the long haul of being quarantined. Make sure to use technology to connect with loved ones, pick up new hobbies and above all, eat healthily and exercise! If you have a pet, taking care of your pet’s needs or walking your dog also helps relieve stress.

Health

It’s easy to fall into bad habits; while we can’t go out and eat, this is a great time to cook, bake and enjoy some home-made recipes. Do go to the store once per week if possible to buy fresh produce; it’s more important than ever to take in as many vitamins and minerals as possible to boost your immune system!

Everyone is Home; How to Stay Sane!

As far as occupying your time and entertainment goes, we have some ideas to share.

Sound System

Hold family dance parties, create TikTok videos and just move! Use your Sonos sound system to wake up the house and sing!

Home Theater

Pull out old family movies, watch long-forgotten classics or stream the latest Hulu, NetFlix, Disney or Amazon Prime shows and movies. Home theaters at a time like this can offer great relief at the end of yet another quarantined day!

Technology Saves The Day

As far as technology goes, the sky is the limit. Imagine it and you can do it!

  • Chat with friends through Facetime
  • Jump on a Zoom family call and see Grandma and Grandpa
  • Play Bingo with cousins
  • Start a game of Cards against Humanity with friends
  • Have ‘dinner and wine’ with your neighbors via Facebook Portal
  • Go on a virtual museum tour
  • Check out remote place with Google Earth

We’ve seen the gamut and encourage you to ‘think outside the box’ to stay connected while distancing.

After all, we really should call it physical distancing, not social distancing!

Stay safe, healthy and connected and give us a call if you need anything.Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

 

 

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Go Ahead and Take Charge with URC Total Control!

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New Home? New Automation!

If you have just build a new home or purchased a new home on the Grand Strand in South Carolina, we want to talk to you!

Did you know that ANY HOME, no matter when it was built, can be turned into a Smarthome!?

Yes! 🙌🏻

No need to wait for contractors or handyman… (because we know you already have!)

We at Strand Security can turn ANY home into a Smarthome with URC!

Old Home? New Automation!

Now if you are looking for a Smarthome but you do not want to move, rebuild or construct something, we’ve got great news! Any home can be made into a Smarthome with URC automation.

Even the oldest homes, the most basic homes, can be updated to become smart.

How awesome is that, right?

Just let us know WHAT you’d like to automate, and what brands/equipment you currently have and we will make a plan together!

URC Touchscreen Controller

Check out this super cool touchscreen technology.

Image this tabletop controller sitting on your kitchen table.

You activate the system with your voice and be giving a commend, you can turn on lights, turn the thermostat up or down or control the window shades!

How sweet is that?!

Need to change something? Use the tabletop controller to adjust a setting.

Need to monitor your cameras? Use the tabletop controller to see every angle!

URC touch pad

URC Remote Control!

However, if you want total reach from say, your couch, you also need a universal remote from URC!

No need for any other remote – this one REPLACES all your other remotes!

How is that for Smarthome technology.

Chuck your tv remote, surround sound system remote, and all other gadgets…

The BEST PART?

We will INSTALL and PROGRAM your remote for you!

Let’s review that…

You do not have to know how to program this; Strand Security staff will program your URC system and remote for you!

URC remote control

Take Total Control Of Your Home with URC

The URC remote gives you

  • Touchscreen LCD
  • WiFi remote control
  • Microphone and speaker for voice control
  • Seamless integration with Total Connect systems
  • Includes charging dock

South Carolina; are you ready for the next generation of Smarthome technology?

Give us a call!

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

 

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Smart Solutions for Businesses; Smart Owners Automate

Smarthomes Are All the Rage, How About Smart Businesses?

It’s no secret that we at Strand Security love Alarm.com.

In December 2018, we welcomed Alarm.com to the Strand Security family of brands we use and endorse. As always, we don’t just recommend brands, we use them too, to keep our own families safe.

Engineered for small and medium-sized business owners, Smarter Business Security combines intelligent intrusion detection, video surveillance, access control, and energy management into a single, cost-effective solution.

Smart Business Owners Chose Alarm.com

What can Alarm.com do for your business?

Start here!

Connect your

  • security
  • lights
  • locks
  • thermostats
  • video
  • and more

for seamless automation and control!

From Alarm.com:

Get visibility into activity trends to make smarter decisions around staffing, promotions, energy use and more.

Easy to understand reports let you quickly see activity patterns across your business and spot unexpected changes.

Get smart!

Get Alarm.com from Strand Security and let us help you optimize your business for excellent ROI – and peace of mind!

Smart Business Owners Make Smart Choices!

What does automating business tasks do for the business owner?

Smart business owners use their money wisely. They budget their money, market themselves and invest in new technology when and where available to stay up-to-date on industry newest, smartest and savviest ways to do business.

Let’s take a look; here are 5 reasons why your business should be a ‘smart business’!

1) Smart Businesses Save Time

When recurring tasks in a business environment are automated, this means time is saved each day.

Personnel who were previously responsible for these daily tasks, now have time for other tasks.

2) Smart Businesses Save Money

The automation of business tasks saves not only time but money, because of the fact that time = money in buisness.

Automation saves money, always.

3) Smart Businesses Are More Energy Efficient

When you can automate your thermostat in your business to optimize energy use, you will become more energy efficient.

4) Smart Businesses Are Run Better

How often do you or your employees ‘forget’ tasks?

Do they forget to lock doors, start the computer, turn down the temperature, forget to open shades, or forget to lower them when the sun shines…?

Businesses who automate run better. When your business runs better, it if more efficient, which means… you save money!

5) Smart Businesses Make For Better Run Businesses

In the end, it comes down to this;

taking advantage of available technology is smart business. 

Whether you automate security, office temperature, daily tasks, or use technology for sales, marketing, and PR; NOT using the available technology will give your competition an advantage!

You aren’t in the business of giving others your business now, are you?

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

 

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