Caregiving from a distance comes with its own set of unique challenges. But you may find peace of mind and a helping hand thanks to new technology, like caregiver alert systems and elderly monitoring devices.
To help monitor elderly parents remotely, caregivers can invest in senior monitors with specialized sensors to become their eyes and ears. Elderly monitoring devices alert caregivers to potential health or safety issues from a few or thousands of miles away.
Learn about five top senior monitoring devices and how to find the right one for your loved one.
All devices are unique but generally track:
Elderly monitoring systems collect a range of data like movement, temperature, behavioral and sleep patterns, and more. The information provides caregivers and medical professionals with important insights into a senior’s health and daily life.
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Medical alert devices can be used at home or in a senior living community, depending on the community’s regulations. Many include emergency buttons, or they use sensors to detect emergencies like fires or falls. Calls to the police or caregiver can usually be made directly or indirectly depending on the elderly monitoring system.
When selecting the best caregiver monitor, consider your loved one’s needs and personal budget, as well as the versatility of the device.
Ask the following questions to find a good fit:
Explore senior monitoring sensors that track a variety of environmental and physical factors and alert caregivers to potential safety issues quickly.
Aeyesafe Monitoring Alert System is a sound and thermal monitoring system that provides current and historical data. It doesn’t require human intervention for monitoring, which encourages independence. The system allows the user to request help if needed through voice activation, and it uses artificial intelligence sensors, which provide human-like monitoring.
In using heat and sound monitors, the device provides:
Aeyesafe isn’t a wearable device — it’s voice-activated and operates from a distance with a substantial battery and power supply, and it reports emergencies or abnormalities directly to the caregiver.
Alarm.com Wellness is a partner to Alarm.com, a home security system. The two systems work together to provide comprehensive insight into the behavior and safety of seniors living on their own. The tracker can alert caregivers of abnormal behavior patterns — such as leaving the home at odd hours or wandering — in addition to monitoring light, temperature, and security settings. The system may be paired with personal emergency response (PERS) pendants.
The tracker provides info on:
Tru Sense provides passive monitoring for seniors using a set of connected sensors. The senior monitor system allows you to set alerts, which can monitor your loved one’s sleeping patterns, use of doors in the home, and vehicle activity.
All alerts can be sent via text, email, or automated phone calls. It’s also connected to a 24-7 emergency response team in case of an accident or intruder.
Tru sense also detects:
Rest Assured offers a range of senior monitoring services that are tailored to and custom-built for each person’s needs and home. Family members can access live videos or sensor alerts through a protected portal online. The system can provide remote assistance with medication management and can detect emergencies like falls, fires, and even tornadoes.
Rest assured can detect:
Rest assured also offers the unique service of remote caregivers who can provide periodic wellness checks.
Lorex Elderly Care Solutions uses a Wi-Fi security camera system to monitor parents remotely. The camera system includes a microphone and speaker, allowing you to check in and communicate with your loved ones using your smartphone. It’s compatible with smart homes, can be controlled with no hands, and offers around-the-clock monitoring.
Additional features include:
Merritt Whitely is an editor at A Place for Mom. She developed health content for seniors at Hearing Charities of America and the National Hearing Aid Project. She’s also managed multiple print publications, blogs, and social media channels for seniors as the marketing manager at Sertoma, Inc.