Monitoring System for Seniors’ Safety
As a caregiver, you may be trying to help your loved one remain in their home and be independent. If that’s so, then your job might be easier with a device which tracks and reports what he or she is doing. A monitoring system for seniors can help.
We’re not talking about “Big Brother” watching your loved one on cameras 24 hours a day. There are more subtle, dignified ways to be informed about your loved one’s safety. It’s important that the use of the monitoring system shows some respect for the user’s privacy, but also involves the caregiver when there is an emergency. There are activity/movement tracking systems and devices available.
Before you decide, you should be informed about what these devices can and can’t do. You should also discuss using a monitoring system for seniors with your family member. Look beyond the marketing materials and website deals to assess what you need and don’t need before you buy.
When Considering Home Monitoring, think about these questions:
- What medical condition does the resident have that might cause a need for monitoring? A seizure disorder, dementia, a mobility/movement disorder, blindness?
- What kinds of problems do I fear might happen? A fire in the kitchen? The loved one may forget to take medications? A cigarette igniting bedding? A fall in the shower? Will the device alert for this type of problem?
- What exactly is tracked and reported? All movements around certain high traffic areas?
- Who gets the reports of the sensor system? Which adult in your family would want to be alerted? What authorities should be alerted?
- How quickly can it report?
- How much privacy must the resident give up? And how does that make the resident feel?
When you consider buying devices and connections, consider what technology you want:
- Is the system easy to set up in your living quarters? Or will it require a remodeling project?
- Will it add to your cable bill, phone bill, electrical bill on a regular monthly basis? How much?
- What do the devices look like? Where will they be placed? Will there noises and lights that could annoy the patient?
- Will it work in weather emergencies, such as a power outage?
- Ask questions about a trial period before you commit to the full long-term purchase agreement.
If there is little or no cooperation with the system by the resident, then the presence of a home tracking system may bring about intentional resistance and result in inefficient use of the system. So it is important that the resident and the family feel comfortable with the system and what it does.
To find monitoring devices for a home, search for “home monitoring for patients,” or for ” safety monitoring in homes” and read the reviews from users and the specifications for such devices. Look at several products from different manufacturers when considering a purchase of a home monitoring system for seniors’ safety.
A home monitoring system for seniors is one way to make distance caregiving less stressful, while being fully informed. Such devices may be helpful for both caregiver and user. Maybe one of them will work for you.