Few things are more worrisome than when an elderly parent or close relative, particularly one with medical problems or memory impairment, lives alone. Understandably, people want to remain in their own homes as long as possible. Yet, as physical and/or mental limitations worsen with the aging process, simple tasks like cooking, bathing, climbing stairs and doing household chores in the basement or yard can pose real dangers.
What’s worse is the idea that if the person falls or becomes injured, they could be left for a long time without receiving aid. According to the Consumers Advocate, 62% of elderly victims who don’t receive help within an hour won’t be able to live independently after hospitalization; and 90% of seniors who aren’t helped within six hours will have to live in a nursing home. Tragically, statistics also show that 70% of accidental deaths in the U.S. are caused by senior falls.
Thanks to today’s technology, there are ways to monitor a senior loved one to ensure their safety without invading their privacy. At Home & Commercial Security, we can demonstrate how you can utilize technology to see that regular activity is taking place. Knowing that a trusted person is looking in on them each day can actually help an elderly person feel more safe and secure and less isolated.
There are many technology solutions for monitoring seniors, such as a passive or individually activated emergency response device that will summon medical help if needed, or sensors that measure if a door has been left ajar, a medicine cabinet has been opened, or other activities that could indicate a problem.
These technologies might not be perfect (and require some cooperation of the party involved), but having a monitoring system, motion sensor or emergency response device in place are some of the best ways to help an elderly loved one remain in their home as long as possible.
Talk to Home and Commercial Security today about the various monitoring systems that are available. Everyone involved will be able to worry less and live a more full and independent lifestyle.