Home Alert Systems and Aging in Place: What You Need to Know
Monday Feb 10th, 2020
Technology isn't just for younger generations anymore. As our population continues to age and innovations evolve, more seniors are using technology to remain in their own homes for longer and maintain their independence.
A home alert system is an excellent example. These wearable devices provide seniors and their family peace of mind should a medical emergency or fall occur. Unlike a smartphone, which a homeowner may not keep with them at all times, an alert system is easy to access and always available. With the push of a call button, a senior needing help can connect to a dispatcher who can summon emergency support or contact a friend or family member.
Having access to assistance when needed certainly provides added assurance and many seniors can benefit from a system like this. Here are some considerations to think about when deciding on a home alert system for a senior:
1. Home-Based or Mobile?
Original alert systems were designed to work with a landline and there are many home-based systems still available today. However, with the advent of cellular service and mobile devices, many companies offer alert systems that work over the cell network, which is a great option for seniors who do not have a landline telephone. A mobile system also offers the advantage of GPS technology, which can be helpful for seniors that are prone to wandering from their home or out in public.
2. Monitored or Unmonitored?
A monitored system is recommended since it connects seniors to a dispatch centre with 24/7 support. However, non-monitored options work well too. When a senior presses a call button, the system will alert different people on a contact list, whether it be a friend, family member or neighbour. If a person doesn’t answer, there are monitoring systems that can contact 9-1-1 on behalf of the senior.
3. Fall Detection?
Another consideration is fall detection. Home alert systems with this feature can sense falls when they occur and contact a dispatcher immediately. Adding this feature adds a layer of peace of mind for seniors who are more prone to falling or are worried about potential falls.
A home alert system is a major asset to any senior who is wanting to age in place in the familiar and comfortable surroundings of their home. If you are wanting to create an environment that’s safe and well-equipped to allow you or someone you love to age in place, an Accredited Senior Agent (ASA) can walk you through the process so you can go about your choice with confidence.
To learn more, please contact me, Deborah Clerk, Real Estate Sales Representative and ASA at Keller Williams Realty Solutions, Brokerage, in Mississauga, Ontario, to discuss your options.