Today, people install burglar alarm systems to alert them to a possible intrusion from the outside. As we age alone at home, it becomes valuable to have a system that detects problems inside the home and communicates them to someone on the outside who can respond with help.

Everyone wants some peace of mind. Family caregivers want to know that their loved one is OK – that they are up and about, not sick, incapacitated or injured from a fall. Elders want to feel safe at home and reduce their fear of becoming a burden on the family.

It makes sense to begin by making sure that the home is free from obstacles and dangers. Removing tripping hazards and improving lighting provide immediate safety benefits. Certified Aging in Place Specialists can recommend simple retrofits, like grab-bars, to increase safety.

As we age and our security needs increase, GeronTech provides solutions to the challenges of aging in place. For example, Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) – those call-for-help buttons – are valuable because older adults who receive help within 1 hour of a fall are nearly 6 times more likely to survive than those who wait longer for aid. PERS can bring help fast after a fall. For more information, please see: A Look at Personal Emergency Response Systems

PERS are not fool proof – if for any reason the help button is not pressed, help will not arrive. For this reason, in-home monitoring systems offer more security for people living alone. For example, motion sensors in the home can detect changes in activity patterns that indicate a possible fall. These in-home monitoring systems use the same technologies as burglar alarm systems to detect problems inside the home and, if needed, send out alerts for help.

In-home monitoring systems may also provide objective assessments of Activities of Daily Living and the ability to remain independent. This information may improve the quality of life and reduce the risk of unnecessary early institutionalization of older adults driven by the anxiety of their caring children.

These in-home monitoring systems are easy to install thanks to wireless sensor technology. With proper selection, installation, training and support, they offer an enhanced sense of security, prolonged independence and improved quality of life by detecting small changes in activity patterns before they become big problems.

These companies offer examples of a variety of in-home monitoring systems. Explore their websites: 

AFrame Digital   BeClose   Care Innovations   GrandCare   Lively

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