Aging adults can be largely unaware of modern advances in home security. Many of these include smarthome applications, which can also seem foreign or intimidating to even the most active seniors. These devices, however, can significantly enhance a mature adult’s security, as well as give other loved ones peace of mind.
Burglar Alarm Enhancements
Of course, one of the primary elements of a strong home security system is a burglar alarm. In the event that an older loved one already has one of these, make sure that it is up to date and that it includes some of the latest features, such as:
A panic alarm (or a panic code)
Live monitoring by a team of professionals
Also, make sure that the alarm system is in compliance with all local ordinances and, if necessary, that it is properly registered with local authorities. Ditto for whichever monitoring company will be keeping watch over the system.
This is a good time to check batteries in the alarm system, as well as those in any peripheral devices, such as smoke, fire and carbon monoxide alarms.
Lastly, be sure that all necessary contact information is up to date with the monitoring company and, where applicable, with the local police and fire departments in your loved one’s area.
Beyond Burglar Alarms
Whether gifting a senior with a brand new alarm system or merely expanding an existing one to include new features, consider some that will offer you both peace of mind and help automate simple tasks, such as:
~ A two-way video intercom system enabling the homeowner to inquire as to who is knocking at the front door without actually opening it for a stranger.
~ A surveillance system with remote monitoring and two-way communication which will enable family members to remotely check in on the homeowner’s well-being and communicate via the same device when necessary. This is an excellent gift idea for seniors who do well living alone, but who may have relatives too busy for daily visits. A surveillance system like this allows seniors to maintain autonomy while knowing that help is never far away.
~ A keyless entry system which will ensure that a senior is never locked out of the home and that no one can pick locks to make an unlawful entry. A biometric system that operates with fingerprint identification is probably easier to navigate than one requiring a passcode. Either can be better than having to keep track of or handle keys, particularly for those suffering from arthritis or other handicaps that can make minor tasks like these uncomfortable.
Learn More About Home Security Ideas For Seniors
As you can see, there are a lot of different and very useful home security ideas that can help keep seniors living alone feel a lot safer in doing so. These gift ideas can also make it easier for other family members to help monitor security without having to physically be at the residence. So while you’re looking for the perfect gift for everyone in your family, keep this in mind and contact a home security expert in your area to create a customized home security system that is perfect for the aging adults you love the most.