Category Archives: Home Safety

Aging in Place: How to select the right home protection system for your home

shelter-149880_150Agreed, home security plays an indispensable role when it comes to keeping your home safe and sound from possible thefts, burglaries and other natural causes like smoke and fire that can harm your way physically. While the home alarm system must possess certain features before you make your purchase, there are certain other factors that need your immaculate attention in order to ensure that you have bought home just the right alarm system to suit the needs of your home. While it is important to take a clear look and understand the revolutionary and technologically advanced features like a digitized keypad and remote control for better access to your home’s security, there are also certain other factors that can help you decide when purchasing the right alarm system for your home’s security.

  1. Select a reputable company:
    When you opt for an alarm system, you need to realize that a lot is at stake beginning with the safety of your home and therefore, you cannot take this factor for granted. The company that you wish to buy from must have a good reputation and be known for its ability to provide top notch home security products at competitive prices.
  2. Ability to customize:
    Every home is different and so are its arising needs. What works for your home may not necessarily work for a neighbour’s and therefore, the home alarm system that you select must essentially be customizable. It is obvious that you will not be in a position to physically change the components or mix and match the features that you would like. That being said, the home security company that you choose to associate with must provide you with a wide array of home alarm systems to choose from. This will offer you the myriad options needed to decide as to which alarm system will work best for your needs.As important as it is to select the right system for your home, it is equally important to first figure out what exactly you expect from your alarm system. If you are unsure of this, you are likely to be less than capable to make the right decision.
  3. Easy upgrades:
    For any home protection plan that you select, it should offer you a general ability to upgrade to the next possible plan if you would like to. This will ensure that the company that you are trying to connect with offers a good amount of flexibility. Besides, a good home security company will always be up to date with the latest technological trends and offer services that include wireless sensor facilities, motion detection as also video surveillance along with cell phone notification and online access features among others.
  4. Top notch customer care:
    Problems with your system can arise at any given point; there may even be a possibility that you may be unfamiliar with the alarm system, thus requiring assistance and in such circumstances, a good customer service department is essential to help solve all your doubts and answer your queries effectively. Therefore, before you even think of purchasing your alarm system, you should consider getting in touch with the customer service team just to figure out their affability when it comes to interacting with the customers.

Home security is an essential aspect of any home since the constant break-ins especially during the Holiday season increases. Keeping your home safe from intruders is a given however, how you do it is completely dependent on you. Making the right choice is crucial and these aforementioned points will help you in just that.

Author’s bio:
Claire Sanders is a freelance writer and a full time blogger who enjoys writing on home and interiors. She has recently come across ADT pulse which she highly recommends every homeowner to use. She is also a member of a lifestyle blogging community.

Home Gadgets That Keep Seniors Safe to Age in Place

Safety at Home26 OTIwMDMxOTA0NC5qcGc=By Glenn Jensen (*)

Ninety-five percent of people over the age of 75 say they want to spend the rest of their lives at home, according to Caring.com. It makes sense — who wouldn’t want to live out their retirement in their own home, surrounded by mementos and completely free? But it’s not always so easy for children who have aging parents set on staying at home. What if Mom forgets to take lifesaving medication? What if Dad falls and can’t get to a phone to call for help? The latest technology solves those problems, giving you options to preserve your peace of mind and your aging parents’ dignity and privacy. The best part? It’s less expensive than a nursing home (by far!) and gives your parents the independence they need to stay in the home they love.

Staying in Touch: Cell Phones for the Elderly

Some aging folks say they wouldn’t use a cellphone even in case of emergency, citing too-small number pads, difficult-to-hear speakers and other issues. But phones like the Jitterbug make it easy for aging folks to use a cell phone, whether they want it for regular use or just in case of emergencies.The Jitterbug offers bigger buttons, louder speakers and a straightforward monthly plan starting at $14.99 per month.

Medication Reminders

If you’re worried that your parents won’t remember to take their medications on time, there are options that can help. Automatic pill reminders take a variety of forms, from a watch that sounds and/or vibrates when it’s time to take medication, to a pill case that dispenses the right combination of medications at the right times of day and sends an alert to your email account if it’s not opened when it should be. Pill dispensers with alarms start around $50 through Med-E-Alert; they sound an alarm when it’s time to take another dose of medication.

Personal Emergency Response Systems

It’s one of the top concerns for people with aging parents: what happens if Mom or Dad falls and can’t get to a phone? With a personal emergency response system (PERS), your loved one will always have an emergency alert device, usually on a pendant, that will connect them with help at the push of a button. Lifeline Systems offers a no-contract system starting at just $30 per month.

Home Security Systems

What if someone breaks into the house? Home monitoring systems offer security and peace of mind for your elderly family. LifeShield offers packages starting around $30 per month for burglary and theft monitoring, environmental (heat, cold, flood), medical and carbon monoxide monitoring. Other packages include fire monitoring or video surveillance for even more security. If your parents are home alone much of the time, a home security system can give you peace of mind about leaving them home alone — and alert you if something goes wrong.

Glenn is a smartphone fanatic from Alaska who is always abreast of the latest mobile trends.

Technology To Stay at Home and Age in Place

Living Well Senior Care in San Francisco(From HUFFPOST 23 Sep 2013)

Dr. Ruth Bettelheim advocates for the use of new technology that would enable disabled people to live independently and elders to age in place. Dr. Bettelheim said,  recently on a post at the Huffington Post Blog the following: “…We’ve already waited too long to put the digital revolution to work for our most vulnerable. As a nation, though, we can do more to create new, affordable options for patients and their families.

At Living Well Assisted Living at Home, we have advocated for long time for the use of Gero-technology that will lower the cost of home care. Mainly in urban cities like San Francisco and the greater Bay Area senior care services and home care can be very high and prohibitive, creating a huge burden to family members and loved ones. Although as Dr. Bettelheim says “…there isn’t an app yet for keeping a mentally challenged patient safe in her own home with dignity and privacy. But national fiscal interest, moral integrity, and our own self-interest, dictate that there should be..” and yes indeed, these days there are many user friendly and low cost technologies,  to give choices to elders and peace of mind to family members.
The article continues also praising the possibilities that these technologies bring to family members who care for mentally challenged individuals: “…Recent technological advances offer the possibility of restoring independence and dignity to mentally challenged adults while easing the burden on families, for a fraction of current costs.

In a nation that values liberty and the pursuit of happiness, there are few greater tragedies than the routine incarceration of millions of individuals who suffer from mental disabilities, developmental impairments, or the debilitating dementia that affects up to 25% of our elderly population. However, recent technological advances offer the possibility of restoring independence and dignity to mentally challenged adults while easing the burden on families, for a fraction of current costs…”

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High-Tech Aging Improving Lives Today

High-Tech Aging: Improving Lives Today is a video that portrays technology’s potential to facilitate coordinated care and aging in place. The story follows a character named Alma from home to hospital, to rehabilitation and back to home again. Throughout her experience of having and recovering from a stroke, Alma and her caregivers use personal health tablets, a medication dispenser, electronic health records, home monitoring, telehealth, engagement technologies, and assistive technologies. They also use a personal emergency response system, with automatic fall detection, to plan her care, to communicate with each other and to allow her to remain safely at home with support.

Aging In Place: New Initiatives Around the Country

Aging in PlaeRobin Stone, Researcher and Former Assistant Secretary for Aging wrote that “…Aging in place isn’t as easy as it sounds … she continues…Of course, we can’t yet guarantee that aging in place won’t be an exhausting struggle for older adults and their families. We have a lot more work to do before every older American can grow old easily wherever they choose…”

What Ms. Stone refers to has also to do with new initiatives that around the country are growing to pay more attention to the physical environment of our seniors to help them age gracefully, in place. Most important, she says,  “…we want to make sure that older adults … can look forward to living their later years exactly the way they want to live, in the place they want to call home.Read the article

Aging in Place: the Future is Gero-Technology

Experts agree that the home care industries (non-medical home care, home health care, and geriatric care management) are at the early stages of maximizing benefits of technology. Information about the individual client is not yet passed effectively or electronically between the various locations a care recipient may visit. In a survey of home care managers responsible for a total of 34,509 workers, telephone and email dominate the communication toolkit. Little in-home use is made of telehealth and chronic disease monitoring tech, even less use of video communication with either the care recipient or the family. As non-institutional home care plays a growing role along the care continuum, a Home Care Information Network (HCIN) will form, enabling important information to follow the care recipient across building boundaries, boosting quality and informing and reassuring families. To maximize its benefit, organizations that deliver care must:
1) Boost partnerships that span non-medical, home health, and geriatric care
2) Craft a technology strategy that enables integration of processes and data
3) Identify strategic and local technology partnerships to turn strategy into reality
4) Inspire and engage family members, partners and staff about technology use

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Costs for Adapting a Home for Senior Living, Disabilities or an Illness

dollar-sign-30959_150By Marc Mendelsohn, Sageing in Place

Statistics show that most people would do almost anything reasonable to avoid moving from the comfort of their home yet in many cases their homes are not adapted to accommodate their current and changing needs. The question arises as to what is necessary and the associated costs to make the modifications to enable an individual to continue living safely and as independently as possible in their homes.