Senior Citizen Safety
As home security technology continues to evolve and improve, it’s important for tech companies to take into account who will actually benefit from the devices and features and tailor them to their needs. For instance, many members of the Baby Boomer population are at (or past) retirement age, and it is estimated that this demographic will live longer and more independently than any other generation in history. By 2030, 20 percent of the U.S. population will be age 65 and older.
Naturally, senior safety is becoming a more prevalent topic for both the Baby Boomer generation and home security providers that can offer products and home safety advice for seniors who want to live safe and independent lives.
Some elderly safety concerns include heart attacks, falls and injuries that may occur when seniors are living alone. With the help of home security technology such as emergency medical notification, seniors are able to live independent lifestyles that are also safe.
Combining home security technology and senior safety
In addition to medical alert systems, home alarm technologies such as home automation have a positive effect on elderly safety. A home security system can also help by decreasing the likelihood of a home being targeted for a burglary. Other additional resources are available in many communities – like a neighborhood crime watch. Medical professionals can also offer advice on healthy living to promote senior citizen safety, in addition to providing health care information and general health recommendations.
Senior safety through home automation
While home automation can be effectively applied to managing household systems and keeping energy costs down, it can also help maintain senior safety in a number of ways. For instance, people who live alone can use a smartphone application to turn their lights on before they enter a dark home, which can help reduce the risk of falls or other accidents. Or home security systems with video surveillance give seniors greater ability to visually monitor their property.
Some other ways home alarm equipment can help improve elderly safety for your loved ones in their golden years include:
- Calling for emergency assistance with one-touch access on keypads and wireless keychain remotes (if your family member doesn’t have emergency medical notification).
- Using keyfobs or keychain remotes to call for help if the digital keypad is out of reach.
- Placing sensors around the house that can alert loved ones and caregivers when seniors don’t follow their regular routines (a possible indication of an accident or medical emergency).
- Installing a two-way communication device that allows seniors to speak with a dispatcher through an intercom.
Senior safety is an important aspect of aging and can be easily implemented in just about any home. Whether it’s a following a DIY tip like installing slip-resistant banisters or updating an entire home security system to include the latest medical alert feature, there’s no shortage of ways to help keep your elderly loved ones safe.