Your loved one, like 87% of seniors, desires to age at home. However, you’d worry. If he doesn’t have a caregiver around to watch over him, how he is he going to manage if he starts having trouble with everyday activities? What if the household chores get undone or they stop eating proper meals? What happens if your loved one falls and cannot reach a phone to get help?
Those concerns play a major role in causing some seniors to end up in assisted living communities before they are ready. However, with a senior home monitoring system, families can now allay their worries without having their loved one make such a huge move.
Senior Home Monitoring Systems
A home monitoring system is any type of product that helps you keep abreast of what’s happening in your loved one’s life, even when you’re not at home. The features of the system vary from product to product.
Some will send you an alert if your loved one falls and needs emergency help, while others are largely used for tracking their activity levels and what they do throughout the day.
On the other hand, home monitoring systems can’t address every problem seniors will have as they get age. This is especially so when your loved one can no longer perform some activities of daily living (ADLs) on their own. Therefore, once your loved one begins to need a different level of care, you’ll have to consider in-home care, having your loved one move in with a family member or moving into a senior living community.
Reasons for Using a Home Monitoring System
Here are some reasons why families find home monitoring systems useful:
- Your loved one is still able to live independently on their own. However, you desire to have peace of mind with regards to their safety, and would like to be informed immediately if something happens that warrants an emergency response.
- If your loved one receives family caregiving help or in-home care for part of the day, a home monitoring system will allow you to watch over your loved one when no one is around.
- Many home monitoring systems can easily be moved. You loved one’s needs may change, and it can be hard to know when you’ll need to change living situations. Fortunately, there are now home security systems that do not require contracts and can easily be moved from home to home. Now, you and your loved ones don’t have to worry about being locked down by a home security system that can only work in one home. Modern home monitoring systems also work well in apartments and smaller homes.
It’s also vital that your loved one is in agreement with the idea of home monitoring. With a home monitoring system, they’ll be giving up some privacy in exchange for their safety and our peace of mind.
Senior Living at Discovery Village At The West End
At Discovery Village At The West End, our senior assisted living program provides an option for seniors who need assistance with daily living activities or household chores, but would still like to enjoy the independence and freedom of living on their own. When you or your loved one joins our senior living community, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your loved one has round-the-clock access to medical care. Schedule a tour and visit our beautiful grounds today.