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How Elderly Monitoring Devices Work

How to keep an eye on our senior loved ones when we are not at home is a concern many of us face. What should you do if you have ageing parents who prefer being autonomous and living independently? How do you check up on them regularly? Advances in technology mean there are more elderly monitoring devices now than ever before.

Most people are familiar with the traditional medical alert system. Remote monitoring is possible now, and you can customise your system according to your specific requirements and your home's layout.


The Perfect Intervention for a Medical Emergency

Monitoring devices for the elderly are valuable in medical emergencies such as falls or accidents. So too, in instances of confusion, panic, getting pills mixed up, or the inability to find them. Such incidences can overwhelm an older person.

Monitoring elderly parents remotely comes into its own under such circumstances. It means you are always with them to keep watch. Knowing help is near in an emergency also gives ageing parents peace of mind. You can link a system programmed to do so to a panic button that alerts specified contacts.

Keep Track of Vital Health Signs

Modern systems are so sophisticated that they can even monitor essential health signs such as body temperature and blood pressure. They can raise an alert if there is an extended period of inactivity, day or night. A monitoring system can track persons with dementia or Alzheimer's with a GPS function in case they wander off or get lost.

Another capability is analysing sleeping patterns to give early warning of a potential issue like sleep apnoea or keep track of when they need to take their medication. We can configure a system to summon emergency assistance automatically in a crisis. A home monitoring system can alert a caregiver concerning a fall or incident. The following types of elderly monitoring devices are available, depending on your needs:

Voice-activated services

· Sensors to detect movement

· Video monitoring

· A personal emergency response system

· Medical monitoring

· Smart home systems that incorporate AI

The numerous benefits of home monitoring systems are:

· Detect any mental or health issues at an early stage.

· Increased security and safety at home due to constant monitoring.

· Be alerted to any sudden changes in room temperature.

· Slash your healthcare bills.


Be Sure to Address Privacy Concerns

However, be sensitive to privacy issues regarding elderly or aged-care monitoring devices (ACMDs). While technology affords older people independence or allows you to oversee ageing parents remotely, take care not to share personal information with anyone else. Let us explain the benefits, and how to protect your information when you consider remote monitoring.

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"Leesa from Home and Happy was great.  She took the time to understand what I needed and it wasn't long before we had a working solution in place.  Now when I call mum we can both see and hear each other, and mum doesn't need to lift a finger to take the call.

Sarah from NSW

" We need to keep a closer eye on Mum and Dad these days, but we didn't want to overwhelm them with lots of smart home devices.  So we're starting with a video doorbell.  Even though I live 3 hours drive away I'll be able to keep an eye out for any security concerns.  Home and Happy have made the whole process hassle and stress-free."

Ian from NSW

"It's been great working with Home and Happy.  I'm now able to manage mum's carers coming and going multiple times a day, without needing to be there. The peace of mind is priceless."

Jacquline from NSW

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