Why Wireless Home Security Systems Make Sense For Seniors
February 10, 2016
The vast majority of seniors want to remain independent and at home. Medical alert systems help make that possible by summoning help quickly in a medical emergency. But many seniors living alone may need additional protection. Crime statistics show that they are more likely to be victims of property crimes than younger people and that 59% of violent crimes against the elderly happen at or near their homes.
The new wireless security systems add an additional layer of home safety – and more. They can provide important information about your family member’s visitors and daily activities. For many people, a diy security system is a good option.
A Newsfeed For The Home
Look for a wireless system that integrates with your smartphone or tablet. For instance, an app lets you check the status of your family member’s system and receive alerts when an alarm or event triggers the system. You’ll get real-time status reports and can respond immediately to problems.
- Someone with mild dementia might forget to close a door or window and be vulnerable to an intruder. You can create a system alert to notify you, and call your loved one or a neighbor to check on the problem.
- Seniors with mobility problems might have trouble navigating basement stairs or checking under cabinets for leaks. Many families use the optional water sensors to protect the property from water damage.
- A motion detector camera can stream real-time video to your smartphone. In case of an alert, you can see what’s happening.
You can’t always be there for your relative, but a home security system is always on and always watching.
Know When Someone Is Coming & Going
The vast majority of paid caregivers are unsung heroes who make it possible for seniors to age in place at home with comfort and dignity. Unfortunately, there are also a few bad apples who steal from their clients or even abuse them.
A home security system with a door sensors and motion detector cameras offers you two ways to keep track of your paid caregiver:
- Door sensor: Set the system to alert you when an exterior door opens. You’ll be able to accurately gauge when the caregiver arrives and departs. If he/she is supposed to be there for 3 hours per day but regularly leaves early (or doesn’t show), you’ll know about it.
- Motion detector camera: A video camera offers real-time video streamed to your phone and two-way communication. You can see how the caregiver interacts with your family member and even talk with them if needed.
It’s an added safety measure that helps give you peace of mind.
Portable Wireless Systems Move With Mom
At some point, even the most independent senior may need to move to be closer to family or to a place more suited for their physical condition. Unlike the old-style wired systems that were literally a part of the house, a wireless security system is pack-and-go and works nationwide.
Legacy home security systems often require multi-year contracts that don’t make sense for a senior who could have to move on short notice. The majority of wireless systems offer month-to-month service with no contracts required.
A security system can be an affordable solution for families who can’t physically check in on a day-to-day basis. You may be miles away from your relative, but the system keeps you in constant contact.
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