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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, youll 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:
A motion-activated surveillance camerainstalled at both the front and rear of your elderly relatives 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 a 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 dont have to go to bed at night fearful of intruders breaking in, because they know the property is protected by your camera system.
If your relative agrees, you can install a call recording deviceto 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.
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 reminderto 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 arent motion-activated, such as a reminder that goes off at a particular time to remind the person to take their medication.
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) which 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. Image credit: Wiki Commons