Having an elderly relative who lives alone can be a big worry. If you find yourself lying awake at night fretting about everything from burglars and con artists to trips, falls and burns, you'll be glad to know that technology could have the solution. Here are just four of the ways that tech and gadgets could help to protect your elderly relatives and give everyone peace of mind:

  • Outdoor security cameras can make them feel safe

A motion-activated surveillance camera installed at both the front and rear of your elderly relative’s property can have many benefits. Sadly, some criminals can see older people as easy targets, but highly visible cameras can act as a strong deterrent. If the camera is linked to the police or private security service, or simply linked to you and you can receive an email or smartphone notification if anything happens, this can provide both you and your relative with great peace of mind. They don’t have to go to bed at night fearful of intruders breaking in because they know the property is protected by your camera system.

  • Call recording devices to protect against unscrupulous cold callers

If your relative agrees, you can install a call recording device to keep records of all phone calls. Why is this useful? Unfortunately, cold callers and con artists also tend to target older people, just like intruders and burglars. To protect your relative from being tricked or conned out of their money, a record of all phone conversations can be invaluable. It can be used as evidence against an unscrupulous caller should the worst ever happen.

  • Motion sensors can provide important reminders

If you have a relative who is suffering from some form of dementia or forgetfulness, motion sensor automatic reminders can be very useful. For example, a motion-activated reminder to lock the front door when someone moves past it, or one placed in the kitchen to provide a reminder to turn the oven off. You can even use automatic reminders that are’ not motion-activated, such as a reminder that goes off at a particular time to remind the person to take their medication.

  • Smartphone check-ins – using large button devices

Smartphones can be the best way for an elderly relative to check in or call for help if something happens, but the small buttons and complicated operating systems can be difficult for them to use. Luckily, some companies have been producing smartphones designed especially for older users, with large buttons and simple interfaces. They can use these devices to get in touch or simply call for a chat, or you can set a reminder (i.e. every 24 hours) that needs to be turned off by the user. In this way, your relative can check in with you at the touch of a button, and you will be reassured that they are ok.

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