3 Ways to Improve Home Security for Aging Relatives
As a country, we are said to be an “aging society.” Americans are living longer, and are much healthier and more active in their later years, than in previous generations. As the large Baby Boomer generation reaches senior citizen status, the population of those over the age of 60 will outnumber younger generations.
These demographic changes are giving rise to a trend called “Aging in Place”, which is defined as the ability to stay in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. According to a study by the AARP, nearly 90% of those over 65 want to stay in their home for as long as possible, and 80% “believe their current residence is where they will always live.”
We probably all have relatives that feel this way. Even though our relatives are leading longer, healthier, more independent lives as they age; that doesn’t mean we don’t worry about them living on their own. Provide yourself with peace of mind and bolster the confidence of your relatives by having their home outfitted with home and life safety technology. Here are 3 of the best home security solutions your aging family members.
Personal Emergency Response Systems
A PERS (personal emergency response system) or medical alarm is a must-have for elderly family members, especially ones who live alone. It is a waterproof wrist or pendant push-button transmitter that sends a radio signal to a base unit to call for help in a medical emergency, such as a fall. Once the button has been pushed, an operator will alert the proper authorities. Since the device uses two-way voice technology the operator can talk to the wearer, and even stay on the line with them until help arrives.
Monitored Home Security Systems
Wouldn’t it be nice to know that there is someone looking out for your relatives and their home even when you can’t? A professionally monitored home security system can give you that peace of mind that they will be taken care of in the event of an emergency. A home security system can protect against:
- Burglary– Sadly, the elderly are often targets for home invasion. However, if their home is equipped with motion detectors and glass break sensors; that if tripped will notify a professional monitoring center, they will be better protected.
- Fire – As we age our hearing, eyesight and reflexes are not what they used to be. As a result, smoke detectors are crucial for the safety of older people; proper notification will give them enough time to react in the event of an emergency.
- Carbon Monoxide – While carbon monoxide poisoning can be a threat to any household, it can be more of an issue in the homes of the elderly. They may have a harder time replacing fuel-burning appliances that could be malfunctioning and leaking carbon monoxide. They may also be forgetful and leave a car running in the garage.
- Environmental factors – Try as they might, our older relatives sometimes struggle to stay on top of home repairs, like water leaks and faulty appliances, making their homes susceptible to flooding, temperature changes or natural gas leaks. But most home security systems can be equipped with sensors to monitor for all of these issues.
Cameras with Remote Access Capabilities
Security cameras can be integrated with most new, monitored home security systems. And now, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, many of those cameras integrate with apps that allow you to view a live video feed. So whether you are across town or across the country, you can look in on your family members to make sure they are doing well.
If there is a medical emergency or another issue where the authorities are called, you can receive clips and images of events as they occur, keeping you up to date on the situation.
Home and life security solutions can be extremely beneficial for your elderly relatives who want to “age in place”. To learn more about any of the home security solutions in this post and how can be used to help your relatives, contact us today!