Apartment dwellers: Simple way to greater safety, peace of mind
Some time ago, while visitng parishioners living in an apartment building mainly for seniors, I asked some whether, if they rapped on their connecting wall, could their neighbour hear it.
They said that they could.
Then I suggested that before the first person on one side goes to bed, whoever usually goes to bed first raps on the wall, the person on the other side raps back. Same with the person on the other interconnecting wall - (if it's an end unit, try to train the raccoons, squirrels or skunks).
In the morning, the last one to rise raps again, the person on the other side raps back.
That way, if someone has trouble, it will be detected within about 15 hours, when there is no rap on the wall from that person, morning or evening.
Then the person on the other side of the wall seeks help. Can't beat the cost, either - zero.
That will help some who might be worried about being incapacitated for some time without anyone knowing.
Also, one can get an alarm that one carries everywhere that lets them push a button while within 300 - 400 feet of their home phone and an attachment on their phone summons help. The security person can converse with them, usually, then calls one of several interested persons on a predetermined list, to summon help.
Set-up cost about $35., monthly fee for monitoring about $37., here in London ON CA.
Best if the persons to be called have a key to your place - or you may have to have a door lock or jamb repaired or a (large enough for a person to crawl through) window replaced.
Have a worry-free weekend, all.