Parents take care of children, at least for most of their lives. They raise them, teach them to read and write, feed them, help them mature emotionally, teach them the difference between right and wrong, and more. It takes years of nurturing care before children are ready to set off into the world on their own, to make their own lives, and to have their own children. Even then, the grandparents are often there to help care for grand kids.
As parents get older, they start to need their own care. They no longer have active young people around the house. There are certain things that they cannot do for themselves anymore, which means that difficult decisions have to be made by adults about how to care for their own parents. The roles have been reversed. One of the important things to consider when caring for elderly parents and relatives is their own safety.
Just as they protected their children growing up, they may need some protection now. A home alarm system can make sure they are protected from some of the more frightening dangers.
A security system can help protect elderly relatives from burglars who might take advantage of them. Whether they are out of town on a trip or are home alone, an alarm can help everyone involved sleep easily. It not only sounds an alarm if there is an unauthorized entry, it also notifies the authorities. This ensures a quick response. It’s also possible to have the security company notify a cell number if the alarm is set off while no one is home. A good system is easy to operate and can be armed and disarmed by those authorized to do so, but no one else! The home alarm system should also be equipped with a back up battery in case of a power outage.
If desired, there are other features that can be activated to guarantee that elderly parents are truly protected.
In addition to protection against unwanted home intruders, an alarm system can also use sophisticated monitors to check levels of different chemicals within the home. Sensors can monitor Carbon Monoxide levels to make sure there is no dangerous buildup of toxic gases, which can otherwise go unnoticed. An alarm system can also monitor for pipe freezing or basement flooding, allowing time to prevent a disaster. The system also functions as a fire alarm and will alert the fire department if necessary.
A home security system does more than protect elderly parents from theft, gases, and fire. It’s a way to make sure that they are taken care of as well as they ensured their own children’s safety growing up. It’s a way to fulfill that societal duty when parental roles reverse. It allows elderly parents to still live and care for themselves independently, which is important for personal pride. It’s a way to be sure that if anything were to happen someone is looking after them and is ready to respond. They deserve it.
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Many elderly citizens have found that security systems can be life saving devices. Most hope to never need the services of their system, but for those who have needed the system, it has been very beneficial to their lives. There are many different types of systems with a multitude of features available, and selection can often be a very difficult task. There are some basic tips to choosing a security system for an elderly individual and some of those are as follows:
• The chosen system should be available with a battery backup for the unit’s base. Power outages happen without notice and this can be a very risky situation for an elderly person.
• Make sure the system is easy to use for the elderly person. Just because it may be simple to the person purchasing it does not mean that the elderly will be able to understand how to use it.
• Be sure that the user can test the system so they will know what to expect and what will happen in the case they need to use the system.
• Check to see that regular maintenance of the system is provided as part of the service agreement with the company. This maintenance needs to be on a regular basis to ensure that there is nothing wrong with the system and all of its features are functioning properly.
• Always research and comparison shop all of the available service providers to get the best service agreement possible for the elderly individual.
• Make sure any wireless system is waterproof. The system is only of use to the person if it is usable at all times and in all conditions.
Many elderly individuals choose to move into senior communities or even nursing homes due to the fact that they are afraid of being alone. With the placement of these systems, many of these individuals have found security and safety at home. Most unforeseen emergencies can be handled by these well monitored systems.
After the elderly person’s system has been installed and they are comfortable with the use of the system, there are still other things that can be done to further their safety. One of these is to place signs along the properties borders and in visible areas that state that the home is monitored by a security company. Installing security cameras indoors and outdoors will allow for an individual to see what or who is on their property from a closed circuit monitor. Some children of older parents have applied applications to their phones from which they can monitor in real time. Most of these apps are available for free to customers of some service providers. By simply using mostly common sense, anyone can further the safety and security of their elderly friend or loved one.
Written by TheSecurityStore
Question by Emily: What is the best life alert alarm for the elderly?
My mom is almost blind and is at home quite a bit alone. She is in good health otherwise but did trip and fall a few weeks ago b/c of her limited site. I’ve read bad reviews on the Life Alert from consumer affairs and don’t know where to turn from here.
Answer by Jerry
I don’t like the high priced companies who do this. I bought a Radio Shack emergency alert unit for my mother when she got to that stage. She wore a pendant, even in the shower. One push of the button would start the alert phoning up to four phone numbers with a message, and the person could also hear her. If there was no answer on the first number it automatically goes to the next number and so on. When someone answers the phone they press any key and it will reset the system.These units cost around $ 60, and there is no monthly fee. It worked great for Mom. See the link.
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A leading seniors group has called on elderly people, living alone, to carry personal distress alarms.