Although modern home security cameras are very affordable for just about anyone, older people who are more averse to actually making use of the internet might not find themselves in lucky enough to discover this truth that many people simply overlook. In order to make sure that your older relatives and other loved ones are safe, you need to take the initiative in providing them with the best security cameras for your home (or theirs) in order to make certain that they stay safe from harm.
One of the easiest things that you can do to make sure everything is on the level with an older relative is to simply give them a quick phone call or two every day or so to check in with them. If something has happened to them that is preventing them from getting to the phone or they’re too incapacitated to make a phone call themselves, calling each day to check in will reveal that something isn’t quiet right very quickly.
A problem that you may face, especially if they’re particularly elderly, is that they won’t carry a cell phone because they aren’t sure how to use them. In this case (one which I actually face on my mothers side of the family) you may have to take the initiative in buying the phone. Removing this barrier is at least a first step, and you can get a really cheap, basic phone for them that barely carries a monthly cost due to the extremely low amount of minutes.
Windows, Doors, and Other Entry Points
Securing windows and door locks might seem to obvious to even bring up, but believe it or not a majority of people are robbed through a simple unlocked door or window. Wide open entry points into your home bodes very unwell for your home security systems, which are practically useless under these conditions.
Elderly people tend to be forgetful, even about the most important (or simple) ideas or events. One of these ideas is that the windows and doors need to be locked when leaving the house or going to sleep. Simple door locks aren’t all that difficult to pick, so your best bet is to actually get a dead bolt installed into all the doors which act as entry points of the home.
Peep holes on the front (or other main doors) door are also an important home security precaution that many people don’t make. Especially in the case of the elderly, who unfortunately are often targeted due to their inability to defend themselves effectively when faced with brute force, a peep hole makes a much safer option for them to see whose at the door without exposing themselves.
Home Alarm Systems
Some home security measures are easy and don’t take a lot of time, such as giving them a call once a day or so to make sure everything is going alright. This might not be enough though depending on how elderly or just how much of their mind has been lost to dementia, Alzheimers, etc. In this case, you may consider a decent home alarm system which features a two-way voice system. Using this method, you can check in more frequently and often with even less of a hassle than having to make a phone call.
Some other alarm systems may also be beneficial to you as well. There are those that check for levels of carbon dioxide in the air, smoke alarms, etc. Although alarms for the home generally refer to burglar alarms (and make an excellent addition to your current home security systems), they can also be of this variety. Some even have the ability to put all of these separate monitoring alarms under one home security system, which ultimately makes the entire process far less time consuming and confusing.
If it comes to a point where they may have serious issues or health concerns that ultimately prevent your elderly loved ones from fully providing for themselves and their own safety, then you may consider some simple home security cameras to keep an eye on them. Even having a couple of security cameras placed outside of the home in order to tell if they’re at home or not remotely (which many modern wireless home security camera systems provide standard) can make your peace if mind all that more present.