Home Security Can Help Older Adults Stay IndependentBy - 10/27/2014
A home security system can keep you safe but with advances in technology it can also help older adults live independently. Delivered through home security and home automation, conversations can change from “Mom did you take your medicine?” to “Mom, how was your day?”. Using home automation you can track activity, be aware, get alerts, pair pendants, as well as integrate home security for greater peace of mind. All of this is possible through Alarm.com’s Wellness Program.
Activity Tracking for Independence
New systems don’t require your loved one to keep track as everything is automated. The new PERS systems will automatically track whatever you want and whatever your loved one is willing to share. Do you want to make sure that a loved one gets out of the house on occasion? How about making sure that a prescribed medication is taken daily? It’s possible. New PERS systems provide a complete picture of your loved one’s daily habits. While it may sound somewhat “big brotherish”, Alarm.com has done everything they can to make the technology more collaborative and less divisive. All of the tracking data is gathered from sensors without the use of video cameras. The sensors track habits and are smart enough to know what is normal and what is unexpected. If unexpected changes occur an alert is sent to the user and the caregiver.
Home Automation for Older Adults
In addition to activity tracking, the same system can can automate daily home activities. For example, automating locks for security, checking the temperature, and automating the temperature so that it never gets too cold or too hot. The system can even help with light automation. For example, you can have the hall light turn on every night at sunset and off at sunrise to ensure the walk to the restroom is always well lit.
The Wellness package is sold through authorized Alarm.com dealers like Link Interactive, a 5 star rated Alarm.com company that can sell nationwide. That means that the sensors are backed by home security as well as Wellness and Home Automation. Link provides 24/7 monitoring for burglaries, fire, and life safety.
Alison Slavin, vice president of product management at Alarm.com has this to say,
People are living longer, healthier, and more active lives, and aging family members, as well as people with disabilities, are looking for secure ways to live independently at home…The demands of elderly care are growing with our aging populace—a problem exacerbated by today’s greater geographic distances between family members.
We say, “Well said Alison” and “Well done Alarm.com”. This technology is smart, easy, and secure.