Care for Our Elderly During the PandemicAs if caring for our aging family members wasn’t concerning enough, with the social distancing rules, it’s now even harder. Although the guidelines are now loosening a little, it is still a good policy to limit our visits with the older ones who are more vulnerable to contagions. Many previously active seniors are resistant to moving in with anyone. They do not want to sacrifice their independence despite the home security it provides. At the same time, they are not quick to let you know when they really do need help or assistance. Is home security something they already have? If so, put to use in helping you out in this regard.
Consider the NeedsIt is always a good tactic to ask around with your friends or research how others handle the situation. However, it all comes down to your own individual circumstance and family needs. Keep in mind, typical everyday activities for us could be hazards to our older family members. For example, stairs, slick tile, reaching for tall cabinets, and the like are dangers for slip and falls. Also, consider things such as how far apart do you live from them, do they have health issues to monitor, do they live alone? List any issues that concern you in order for you to find the ideal solution. Despite their age or circumstance, home security systems still play an important role.
Home Security AssistanceThankfully, our smart homes, home security systems, and medical alert devices blend all together in one hub. First of all, having an aging parent’s home secured brings peace of mind. If there is monitoring backing it up, even better. Knowing there is another set of eyes watching over them is a relief. Second, this system will provide the devices you need to also monitor their activities.
Here are some items that prove useful:
- Indoor cameras – check in on the parents and ask how they are with the two-way talk capability.
- Outdoor cameras – allow you to check they are safe when walking around on uneven terrain in the yard
- Motion sensors – let you know when they are heading outside
- Sensor contacts – tell you if they have opened the medicine cabinet for their pills
- Panic buttons – should be placed in their frequent areas for easy access
- Smart Locks – enables you to remotely unlock the front door for first responders if necessary
- Smart Home devices – keep things secure and running smoothly either by them or with your assistance