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With baby boomers aging before our eyes, the need for quality services from estate planning to healthcare will be essential in coming years.  Security for seniors is no different.

Pictured above is a pendant from LifeSentry for seniors to use to alert the central station.

Security products exist which are specially designed for our senior population and others have specific benefits for seniors although they were designed for people of all ages.

1. One product which is designed, for the most part, with seniors specifically in mind is the Personal Emergency Response Pendant—often referred to as PERS.

These pendants are often worn around the neck, but can be secured to the wrist, a wheelchair or a belt.

They are often water resistant so they can be brought into the shower (where slips are apt to happen).  The pendants can also be brought outside in many cases depending on the range of your particular model.

The pendant “checks in” with the base unit which is kept in a stationary place inside the house on a regular basis to ensure that there is constant communication between the two.  If the pendants stops communicating with the base, due to battery issues for instance, the base will alert the central station and those on the call list will be notified.

Speaking of the central station, many models will allow you to have one-button activation so that two-way voice communication can occur in case of slips, medical emergencies and more.

2. A service that wasn’t designed solely for seniors, but offers them and their families tremendous benefits is remote video monitoring.

With the use of a smart phone, tablet or PC (and an internet connection with a router), families can check in on their elderly relatives from anywhere.

No invasive wiring is needed.  The security cameras are inexpensive.  And you do not need a to purchase a DVR for recording purposes with most services—the storage is on their server.

You can even receive email alerts if motion occurs within a certain area or timeframe.  This is beneficial with dementia patients.

3. Speaking of dementia, another product that wasn’t specifically designed for seniors but helps them and their families safe in a few ways is a keypad.

Keypads aren’t just for arming and disarming your security system.  They have many other safety features.

If you’re concerned that a senior with dementia is liable to walk out of the house and potentially get lost, the keypad can help.

It has a “chime” function.  You can set it so that if certain doors are opened, then a beeping will occur from the keypad.  It is less harsh than the siren, yet is still alerts you that your loved one has wandered or is about to do so.

4. Speaking of wandering, wander alarms work wonders in managed care settings. 

Wireless wander alarms can include a device that is installed on the door itself.  It will transmit a signal to a receiver at the nurse station, for instance, so that a chime sounds to alert staff that someone is about to leave.

Bracelets and ankle tags can also be worn.  They work in conjunction with a device near the door which emits a field.  When the bracelet enters the field, staff is notified.  Some products even identify who the individual is after the signal is transmitted.

5. On the subject of transmitting, our last product today that is handy for seniors is the wireless transmitter (for fob) that comes with their home alarm system.

With this, they are able to disarm the alarm system from the driveway and do not have to rush to the keypad within a fixed amount of time to disarm it.

These are just some of the products and services available on the market to help with security for seniors.  They help both the seniors themselves as well as their families.  Securing those closest to us in life certainly takes precedence over material objects.

 

Thanks for spending some time with us today.

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