Monitoring Senior Loved Ones – Wherever You Are Located
Posted: 4/15/2019 8:00 AM by
Having senior loved ones who live in a different city or state can be somewhat stressful. You may spend time worrying about daily details like eating properly, showering and avoiding falls. Although regular FaceTime or Skype calls can help ease your mind, not knowing what's happening in between calls can be stressful.
It has never been easier than ever for you to monitor senior loved ones and help them age safely at home.
Following are some of the best resources to help you keep your senior loved ones safe, wherever you are located:
1. Smart security cameras
Video monitoring is better, cheaper and easier than ever. While you always want to respect privacy in places like the bedroom or bathroom, WIFI-enabled smart cameras can be installed in well-trafficked places like the living room and kitchen (HINT: If your senior loved one does not have WIFI installed, consider having this step taken as soon as possible).
High-quality security cameras typically cost less than $200, and many provide HD-quality video. Some will record data, which you can review later, while most offer apps that allow you to look in on your loved ones “in real time.”
Many smart security cameras will also work with Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices, providing additional assistance and accessibility for your loved ones to use the devices as well.
It’s important that you have a conversation with your senior loved ones in advance about the cameras. It should go unsaid that you do not want to secretly install the cameras and invade their privacy.
For suggestions on specific cameras, Wirecutter, a website managed by The New York Times, shares its list of top indoor security cameras for 2019 here.
2. Activity sensors
Smart cameras may not be a fit for a myriad of reasons. In those instances (or even in addition to them), motion sensors can also provide peace of mind for loved ones monitoring seniors from another location.
Sensors can be installed throughout the home, including around the bed, on the fridge or medicine cabinet, or in the bathroom — busy places around the house where sudden movement (or lack thereof) could indicate a problem.
TruSense is a company that offers products that prioritize senior care. Among other products, they offer a passive monitoring starter kit with all the pieces needed to craft a suitable home system. Their technology also provides advanced monitoring of elements including temperature, water leaks and more, and can dispatch assistance in case of an emergency.
3. Personal emergency response devices
Emergency response technology has come a long way since those old commercials of “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” Today’s sophisticated devices use cellular technology to monitor seniors at home or away, and can ensure your loved one receives prompt care in case of an emergency.
Devices are most often worn on the wrist or around the neck, and care can be summoned at the press of a button. Typically, there is a one-charge fee for the device (which can range anywhere from $20 to $50+), along with a monthly monitoring fee (which is typically between $10 and $20 per month).
For recommendations on specific devices, PCMag breaks down its top medical alert systems for 2019 here.
4. Home care services.
While technology can help you keep an eye on senior loved ones from afar, many seniors still require some sort of in-person care to help them age safely at home.
Senior home care services from Interim HealthCare can assist your loved one with tasks like taking medications, dressing, helping with laundry, light housekeeping and much more. In addition to monitoring your loved one and helping to prevent any issues, Interim HealthCare senior home care services are designed to help seniors lead safe, independent and enriched lives.
Senior home care services can give you peace of mind.
With franchises across the country, there is an Interim HealthCare location nearby to help you monitor your senior loved ones from afar. Contact the location nearest your loved one today to learn more.