Senior citizens work as hard to stay in their homes as our industry works to help our clients move. “Aging in Place” is becoming a goal of more and more senior citizens. Recently technology has made this a more appealing option. Many of today’s security systems offer options which give seniors and their caregivers peace of mind and a level of protection that in the past was only achieved with a live-in situation.
“For example, interactive security solutions enable a control to be put on a medicine cabinet and have alerts sent to the caregiver’s mobile device if the senior doesn’t access their medication on time. Live video monitoring, keyless entry and energy controls are other ways in which a senior can enjoy the independence of living in their own home and still give the caregiver instant awareness if a problem arises”, notes Daniel Markarian of Markarian Electric. He not only installs these systems but has had a real life experience with one of these revolutionary wireless services in caring for his own mother.
Of course cost is often a consideration, but when analyzed in comparison to full time live-in care or the monthly cost in assisted living residences it is quite modest. One family, where the monthly cost is shared by a brother and sister, report that the peace of mind they have makes their investment “priceless”.