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Home Alert Systems: What You Need To Know for Aging in Place in Mississauga

Friday Nov 17th, 2023


Technology isn't just for younger generations anymore. As our population ages and innovations evolve, more seniors are using technology to remain in their homes for longer and maintain their independence.

A home alert system is an excellent example. These wearable devices provide seniors and their families 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. 

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 many home-based systems are 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 an excellent option for seniors who do not have a landline telephone. A mobile system also provides the advantage of GPS technology, which can be helpful for seniors who are prone to wandering from their homes 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 a friend, family member or neighbour. If a person doesn't answer, monitoring systems 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. 

Age Safely in Place in Mississauga

A home alert system is a significant asset to any senior who wants to age in place in the familiar and comfortable surroundings of their home. If you desire to create an environment that's safe and well-equipped to allow you or someone you love to age in place, a Lifestyle55+ Affiliate can walk you through the process so you can confidently go about your choice. 

To learn more, please get in touch with me, Deborah Clerk, Real Estate Sales Representative and Lifestyle55+ Affiliate at Keller Williams Realty Associates, Brokerage, in Mississauga, Ontario, to discuss your options.

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