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Using a Medical Alert System with Home Security

Keep Your Home Secure With Alarm System

For most seniors, home is an invaluable source of comfort and safety. Unfortunately, homes are rarely as safe as we want them to be. Older folks are especially susceptible to crime that may take place within the home, including break-ins, burglaries, and other types of home invasion. Aging friends and family are uniquely ill-equipped to protect themselves in these situations. In many cases, it helps to work together to create a safe, secure home, whether through security systems, emergency protocols, and/or medical alert systems.

While we will never suggest using a medical alert system in place of a security system, these devices can help bolster safety in the home. If a loved one has an accident, or if they need to contact someone quickly, medical alert systems can provide near-instant communication. If you’re talking to a loved one about installing a home security apparatus, use it as an opportunity to discuss introducing one of these devices into their life.

How to Sure Up Home Security for an Elderly Family Member

Home security is important for seniors, but most systems are not built with elderly people in mind. Many home security services allow prices to fluctuate throughout a contract, which can make budgeting for a fixed income difficult. To that end, many of these systems are not easy to use, and those who struggle with digital and computer technology may grow frustrated.

If you’re looking for ways to make your elderly friend or family member’s home safer, look for the following features in a security system.

  • Fixed-fee contracts. Budgeting is a big challenge to living as a senior. The more expenses you can predict, the easier it will be to remain financially comfortable. Prioritize services that offer long-term, fixed-fee contracts. Looking for reviews and customer testimonials is a great way to understand the scope of hidden fees.
  • Included setup. Unless you’re willing to spend a day installing a system, look for companies that include basic setup. By relying on the professionals to do this work, seniors are likely to feel safer with the system they choose.
  • Look for a variety of services. Home security systems are not made equal. Most come equipped with a hub and siren, but others can monitor door entry, window entry, and indoor motion. Talk with your loved one about which features they want to prioritize.
  • Instant video or audio feed. If something happens in a parent’s home, they may not have the time to call the police. Some systems begin recording or transmitting video or audio to relevant authorities as soon as a sensor is triggered. Prioritize these systems for senior homes.

How a Medical Alert System Can Help in an Emergency

Alert1 Is Keeping Seniors Safe and Smiling

We will never advocate for replacing home security with a medical alert system, but these devices can improve overall safety. If your loved one needs to contact someone in an emergency – either you, a friend, or emergency medical help – a medical alert system is the most fool-proof way to communicate. If there is a break-in at a senior’s home, wearable devices can often be the easiest form of communication. Plus, devices from Alert1 are less expensive compared to Life Alert® costs, which means you can spend a little more on home safety and security.