Many seniors need lots of help as they age, such as climbing the stairs, bathing, dressing, and grooming. But for those who can still walk around without support in their 70s and 80s may regularly need monitoring to ensure they are okay all day long.
If you live with your aged parents at home, no doubt, you may not be able to provide the support they need 24/7. But you can monitor their activities and know when they are in danger with specific senior monitoring tools. You can add your viewing and listening tool to your phone, home computer, office computer, almost anywhere.
How to Monitor the Elderly Remotely
GPS is a common way to monitor anyone, including the elderly. But you can also leverage on camera systems. Cameras are good at monitoring the elderly, especially if they are prone to falls or slips. You can infuse motion detection sensors to give off alerts when necessary.
The only requirement required of you is where to place the cameras. You will have to decide on the best position to give you a full view. Cameras are ideal for placement at any part of the home where your loved one is prone to danger or fall. These areas may include the corridor, entrance, kitchen, bathroom, and dining.
Security at a Senior Living facility
Keep in mind; these unique tools are necessary almost anywhere your family member or friend lives. Moving to a Senior Living facility is an excellent idea for their safety, but the facility cannot monitor a tenant 24/7. Setting up your own security camera(s) in your room at the facility is just as important as it is at your home. If something does not look right in their room, you can call the front desk and have them go and check it out. Also, it is a great way to monitor caregivers. We are very particular about the Senior Livings locations we will work with for our clients to live. But everybody has someone who is just not the best, and with this monitoring, you may have the chance to change that. NOTE: You must get written approval from the facility administrator to add any cameras or monitoring devices in their facility.
Today’s technology is impressive; it allows you to have tools handy wherever you go. You can quickly respond or call on the appropriate body’s attention in the case of a fall, medical emergency, or other problems.
Things to Consider Before Opting for Monitoring Devices
In some circumstances, monitoring a close relative or anyone using any device can be judged as illegal. Therefore, ensure you check with your state laws to ensure you do not violate any aspect of the law.
Also, endeavor to seek your parents’ or friend’s consent, anyone you plan to monitor. Research has shown that many elderly parents feel disappointed to discover that their adult children installed cameras in specific positions in their home without their consent.
In situations where legal consent of the elderly isn’t possible, the decision whether or not to record a senior’s activity within the home should be a collective decision by all family members.
If you need help in choosing a monitoring system, Calregistry has some advice to consider these factors to help you make the best decision.
- Does the system have a fall detection mechanism?
- Does the system have a fire or smoke alert?
- Does it have a battery that requires charging? And if so, how often?
- Are there any monthly maintenance costs upon installation?
- How many hours will the unit keep the video for review?
The decision to monitor the elderly remotely is a difficult decision to make for most people. However, it should be significantly influenced by a love for your aged parents/relative/friend and the desire to see them healthy always.
Calregistry.com understands the importance of caring for a parent, older family member, or a friend. It is our job and our pleasure to assist you through these times. We are one of the oldest Senior Living locators because we know the challenges for both the individual looking to find the right place for their family member and the family member or friend who needs a safe and friendly place to live. Count on us to be there through the entire process 800 777-7575