People are living longer, and as we get older we don’t want to lose our independence. We want to avoid going into a care home, and when we hear about some of the shocking things that happen in them we also want to do everything we can to ensure our parents are independent and living in their own home for as long as possible. It’s only natural that we worry about them, but we can turn to technology to help ease our worries and keep our elderly relatives safe and secure.
Lighting is always a good place to start for security, as motion sensor lights scare off burglars who don’t want to be noticed. Motion sensor lights are also great for the safety of the homeowner, as they benefit from being able to see where they are going in dim light, so it would be sensible for this to be the first thing to install or upgrade. The lights coming on can alert the person in the house to watch out or listen out for signs that someone is trying to gain access, so they’re an excellent early alert system.
A burglar alarm is obviously great for keeping your home safe while you’re out, but it doesn’t help much when the home is occupied. A burglar may take advantage of someone with hearing loss by breaking in undetected, or distraction burglaries; where someone posing as a gas, water, or electrical board employee distracts the homeowner while their accomplice ransacks the house. Education plays an important part in preventing distraction burglaries, but technology can help guard against both of these crimes. Sensors on windows that will activate a visual alarm – such as a flashing light – is a good way of keeping the perimeter safe even if the occupant can’t hear very well. CCTV can help record images of those who try to break windows, and CCTV can also help guard against distraction burglaries, as thieves are less likely to target homes where they might get caught on camera.
CCTV cameras in and outside the home can also be a good idea for people whose parents live far away, as a smartphone app allows for monitoring of the feed. If this is not practical then a monitored CCTV service with 24 hour real time monitoring can be the answer. This might be more costly than self-checking the feed, but it does mean that attention is paid at all times, and if your elderly relative is the victim of a crime the police will be on their way before you even know anything has happened. Monitored in-home CCTV is also beneficial for those with ill health or who are at increased risk of falls. If the person monitoring sees that your relative on the floor, or otherwise in difficulty, they can notify the emergency services.
Personal alarms are also a good idea for elderly people living alone. They are normally used to get help after a fall or when the person is otherwise in difficulty and a home break in would definitely count as a situation where help is needed. The user needs to wear their button at all times and not be afraid to use it when they need help, but this can be a low cost alternative to monitored CCTV in some cases. When medical problems are factored in it is sometimes better to have a monitored service for complete peace of mind and the ultimate safety for your loved one.
If you’re concerned about a relative’s domestic security we’re the people to call for advice. We are NSI Gold Standard approved, so we are trustworthy and reliable. Your local council and healthcare authorities can help with other adaptations and services to keep them safe in their own homes.