Independent Living Tips for Seniors

If your elderly parents are living alone, you likely worry about them falling, forgetting to take their medications on schedule, and a whole host of other concerns. You need to know your loved ones are safe, but you may not be able to be there for them all the time. Home automation can help. Here’s how:

1. Contact Sensors

Put these on medicine cabinets to ensure your parents are taking the right meds at the right time. How does it work? The sensors can send you a notification of contact if the door to the medicine cabinet is opened. So if Dad needs to take his pills at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., you’ll know he’s done it on time and hasn’t forgotten a dose.

2. Smart Buttons

Falls are dangerous, especially for older adults. If your loved one takes a spill, you want to get help immediately. Install smart buttons throughout the house — in the bathroom, laundry room, study, kitchen and wherever else your parents spend time. Place the buttons within easy reach so they can notify someone if they’re in trouble.

3. Lighting Systems

Dark stairs, hallways and entrances can all lead to falls. Illuminate the night for your folks by installing lighting systems paired with motion sensors. Their nighttime movements to the bathroom or the kitchen for a midnight snack will be a lot safer if the lights turn on automatically. Install the systems on exterior walkways and entrances, as well as in hallways, the bathroom and the kitchen.

4. Key Fobs

Handling keys can be challenging for the elderly as their dexterity weakens, or if their memory fades. With smart key fobs and locks, your parents no longer need keys to enter their home. The fob will unlock the door when they get close to home, and lock it shortly after they’re inside. With a smart lock, you can unlock the door remotely if your family members have lost or forgotten their fob. And you can set the smart lock to notify you when your parents come and go — another layer of security for them and peace of mind for you.

5. Cameras

Security cameras allow you to check in on your parents, even when you’re miles away. This is especially useful if your parents are receiving in-home care. In-home security cameras will be your insurance the caregiver is giving them the care they deserve.