Smart home security for the elderly is about providing independence for them and peace of mind for you. Because it takes just one unfortunate event, one break-in, for them to feel like their safety and freedom is compromised. So it is crucial to select the right home monitoring system to begin with, to help them maintain their current lifestyle and confidence. Home security doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate either. With plenty of innovative technology coming out regularly, there’s one that’s easy to learn and use. To equip you with the best information, we’ve compiled a list of five simple tips you can follow to make their home secure.
Keys are often lost, misplaced or left behind at home. Plus, keys can be fiddly and difficult to handle if they have joint issues in their fingers. So finding a way that makes accessing the front door easy is essential. There are various methods that smart security locks provide, from attaching RFID cards to the back of a wallet or phone to Bluetooth. Plenty of these smartlocks also offer a spare mechanical key if the battery runs flat. However, by having the app on your phone and regularly syncing with the lock, you will receive notifications long before the battery dies. Automated security locks can also be installed on windows and garage doors, where the alarms are activated if someone tries to pry them open without authorisation. There are other factors you need to consider. Some seniors will have carers who visit their homes to ensure that their home is in order and do well. So take care when giving carers access. All the smart locks available today will provide you with the authority and ease of granting and revoking access. Whether this is Bluetooth, PIN or RFID card. Once their employment ends, revoking access is quick and straightforward. It’s also simple to check the activity log to see when and who has accessed the door.
Being independent doesn’t mean seniors want to be entirely left to their own devices all the time. Seniors still want to have someone check in with them now and again to ensure they are doing well. So take this opportunity to ask how they want this check in to happen. Are they after someone visiting them for five or ten minutes every day to ensure they are well? Or would they prefer to have a visual check-in once or twice a day by way of smart security cameras? If so, look for a smart camera with two-way communication, making talking easier without needing a phone or a handheld monitor. Consider installing outdoor cameras and a video doorbell, as it gives them a better sense of security by checking who is outside without opening the door. Additionally, it gives you clear visibility when unwanted visitors to the property, a helpful crime prevention device.
Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
Smoke alarms must be in working order. Annual maintenance on these smart alarm systems and carbon monoxide detectors is a must. This involves changing the battery every year or testing them if they are hardwired. According to Fire and Rescue NSW, you should be replacing your smoke alarm units every ten years. The best way to remember this is to write on the device with a permanent marker.
Quick access to personal alarms
In the eyes of some seniors, personal alarms are often seen as something for people needing help all the time or who are frail. At least, that is what my grandmother-in-law says to me when asked why she was not wearing the one supplied by the security company. But that is not the case. When worn all the time, a personal alarm makes notifying emergency services or family members quick and easy when an unfortunate accident happens, such as a fall or other minor and major injuries. It certainly makes telling someone easy and without the need to try and locate a phone.
Seniors who wish to live independently can do so for as long as it keeps them safe and secure in their homes. With innovative home technology, family members can still provide social and emotional support without invading privacy or creating inconvenience. But remember, whilst smart security devices can give you peace of mind knowing they are safe and comfortable, it doesn’t replace having that quality time in person.
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