How to Protect Seniors Living Alone
If there is one thing we have learned during this past year, it’s that our loved ones are irreplaceable. We have also come to realize how much we miss them when we are not free to just pop by and visit whenever we want to. This is especially true when it involves our older family members. When it comes to our seniors, we know that they hold out to keep their independence as long as possible. At the same time, trying to respect their wishes, we worry constantly when they are on their own, especially if there is no home security. Is there some way to keep an eye on them while at the same time giving them their privacy?
Figure Out What They Really Need
With the senior generation, there are a lot of variations, so that means no set rules. You have to consider the unique person that you are working with. There are those that need outside caregivers to come in and assist, while others do well on their own. Things to consider:
- Do they need assistance in any areas?
- Are they alone or with a partner?
- What potential hazards are at home? (stairs, slick tile, tall shelves)
- Can they get to the store on their own?
These are just a couple of things to consider when setting up care. However, just because they are still very active and independent doesn’t mean we are not going to worry.
Home Security Systems Can Help
There may already be some type of home security system in the home. If so, it is a relief knowing that they stay protected from intruders, fire, and carbon monoxide leaks with the detectors and alarms in good working order. In addition to the basics, there are many other devices that help in watching over your loved ones. Wellness cams are indoor cameras that have two-way talk capability. Staying in touch this way makes it feel like you are together. Also, if you are not getting an answer on the phone, the camera allows you to look in on them and see that everything is okay. Other than making you feel less worried, home security systems keep the older ones feeling safe. They never feel alone or isolated with you and a monitoring company just a button, or even a shout away with a virtual voice assistant standing by.
- Indoor cameras – Look in on the older family members and ask how they are with the two-way talk capability. Or, check-in without bothering them when you are just concerned.
- Outdoor cameras – Allow you to see they are safe when walking around outside. Also, get alerts for unusual activity in the yard.
- Motion sensors – Lets you know when they are heading outside and when they get back.
- Sensor contacts – Sensors tell you if they have opened the medicine cabinet for their pills or left windows or doors open.
- Panic buttons – Place these in frequented areas for easy access. Ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms to call for help.
- Smart Locks – Locks enable you to remotely unlock the front door for first responders or a caregiver, if necessary.
- Smart Home devices – These devices keep things secure and running smoothly either by them or with your assistance. Works well with their home security.
Home security and smart home devices in no way replace the in-person care that our seniors and we ourselves prefer. However, it relieves everyone from unnecessary concern and stress when we can’t be there. At Allied Home Security, we specialize in caring for those you love. Call us today to find out what is available to care for your senior family members. Help them maintain their independence while at the same time giving you both peace of mind. With technology today, there is no reason not to use it for our benefit and comfort. We’re here to help. Call today to find out more!