Between raising families, growing careers, maintaining households and caring for their senior loved ones, caregivers often have lots of responsibility but not enough time. Caregivers who are away from their homes have considered every worst-case scenario, feeling guilty for leaving their loved ones for even brief periods of time. However, with the help of a medical alert device, it is possible to save time, maintain a work-life balance, and obtain a sense of peace even when you’re away from your senior.
Partnering with Devices to Help Support your Senior’s Safety
WomensHealth.gov suggests several devices that allow you to check in on your senior, helping support her safety while you’re away. These include, but are not limited to:
- An intercom system that allows you to hear and communicate with your senior while you’re in another part of the home.
- A video system that allows you to see your loved one while you go about your work in or out of the home. Some of these video systems use webcams that will work with an app on your smartphone so that you can make sure your senior’s safe while you’re away.
- Mobility monitors are particularly useful for use with seniors who have dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. These small trackers can ensure that your senior doesn’t wander outside an area that you specify by programming it into the system. Worn as bracelets on the wrist or ankle, mobility monitors are designed to alert you when your loved one leaves the designated area.
- Medical alert devices help your senior get immediate help in the event of an emergency.
Philips Lifeline provides a selection of medical alert devices that can fit in with any lifestyle. For seniors who stay close to home, the HomeSafe system with AutoAlert includes a base station and a comfortable, waterproof pendant that can automatically contact a response center, if it detects a fall. The GoSafe system provides help for more active seniors, whether they’re at home or away.
When you’re a caregiver, you always want to be in two places at once. With a medical alert device, you and your senior can share the peace of mind that comes from knowing that help is never out of reach.