The proverb home is where the heart is has so much validity to it, especially when you’ve lived in a home for several years, raising kids, enjoying family gatherings, and making memories. A home becomes an extension of us, so it’s no wonder that most elderly people want to remain at home as long as possible.
Fortunately, technology offers several advantages and even if your aging loved one isn’t technologically savvy, there are quite a few smart technology devices that can give you peace of mind and help keep your parents safe.
Assured Living Alert System
Best Buy offers a monthly service called Assured Living, which is designed to assist seniors in many ways. The service uses sensor technology that can be customized with a variety of alerts and reminders. It can remind seniors to take medications and also send alerts and updates to loved ones, regarding activity levels and whereabouts. It also features a medical device that can detect if an individual has fallen and will directly notify family members, emergency services, or both.
The sensor technology is equipped with remote devices that are programmed to control lighting, unlock and lock doors and there are also cameras available for video calls and doorbell cameras, which will send an alert when visitors arrive.
The starter packages costs less than $200, with a monthly monitoring service fee based on service selection. If you tend to worry about the safety of your mom or dad, wondering if they remembered to take their medications, turned the stove off, secured the house, or you want to know they returned home from an appointment, these technologies can inform you at a moments notice, via mobile app.
Life Alert Medical Alert System
The Life Alert system is the first alert system ever available and since 1987 has expanded nationwide. With this system, seniors’ wear a device that is equipped with a push button and should an emergency arise, a simple press of the button will alert emergency services. This system is well known for the television commercial and the famous phrase, “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”
The system offers three options including the basic in-home alert system that connects to a landline or cell phone. Another option includes a waterproof alert button for those fearful of falling in the tub or shower, which according to Life Alert makes up more than 80% of their annual incoming calls. Then there is the on-the-go coverage that serves connects to a GPS should an emergency arise.
The system price ranges between $95 and $198, with a monthly service fee costing between $49 and $90. The Life Alert system has the ability to contact EMS, as long as the alert button is pressed and it will locate a person with the GPS feature activated, however, it does not offer the reminder or automatic fall detection.
Various Services Are Available
Medication dispensers such as Reminder Rosie or MedMinder help ensure seniors don’t forget to take medications on time, and if they fail to do so the systems will alert you.
Wrist-worn devices such as the CarePredict Tempo will monitor room temperature and personal activity.
Smart home technologies enable seniors to enjoy their independence for much longer while staying connected with relatives and friends regardless of the miles between. Voice activated systems and movement sensor devices equip your aging parents with communication options whenever the need for assistance arises.
While your aging parents may still be living on their own, with the help of a medical alert system, they aren’t completely alone.
Safety is a priority for aging parents living independently, read our post on Home Safety Checklist for Seniors.