The holidays are almost here. Adult children will be coming back home to be with family. This is an excellent opportunity to assess how your parents are doing and how to help them from afar. When your parent needs help with activities of daily living, it is difficult for children living out of town to help them. This is particularly true when a parent is unsteady on their feet. You can’t help them if you don’t know that they have fallen.
Technology provides many options for family members not living in the home to monitor a parent’s safety. There are devices that can detect a fall, notify family members, and call for help. Strategically placed cameras can help as well.
Sometimes a parent will resist these devices when directly approached about them. The holidays tend to remove this barrier. Presenting a device as a holiday gift puts a positive spin on the gesture. You might say something like “just in case something happens, Mom. It gives me peace of mind that someone will know early that you need help.”
A Google search is a great way to get ideas. Try searching “Home Safety Products for Elderly” and see what pops up! Try other resources like the Senior Safety Reviews at: https://www.seniorsafetyreviews.com/11-products-for-elderly-living-alone/
Look for more information on technology-based services and equipment that help in keeping seniors safe at home. You will be surprised by all that is available.