When a loved one has dementia or Alzheimer’s, if you’re a caretaker, you need to prepare for a wide range of occurrences or events. People impacted by these diseases don’t always react or behave the way we expect them to, so a good security system is an essential component of any care plan.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, about 6 out of 10, or 60% of all adults with the condition will wander or elope.
This means it’s very likely that they will leave home or a familiar environment and wander off. Since these older adults often have access to cars and could leave on their own towards an unknown destination, the results can be disastrous.
A Security System Can Help
We think of security systems as ways to safeguard the home, but for caregivers, a security system also provides peace of mind about a loved one or parent. Incorporate these measures into your routine to keep your loved one safe using the technology that comes with your home security system:
- Door Alerts
- Automated Lighting
- Medication Safes
Door Chimes or Alerts
A simple alarm that uses magnetic contacts and chimes when the door is open can prevent wandering. Most seniors will attempt to elope out of the front door or try to head to the garage. Using a door chime in this area along with a camera, if needed, can alert you to wandering early enough to intervene.
The automated lighting system that keeps your home secure can also help your senior navigate your home safely. Illumination can prevent falls and ensure your loved one can safely make trips to the kitchen and bathroom as needed. A senior with dementia may not remember something as simple as turning on the lights before climbing the stairs or heading down a hallway. Automated lighting can help prevent falls and accidents.
The best way that a security system can help you care for a loved one with dementia is by providing you with a view of their activity in troublesome areas. For seniors with Alzheimer’s, the kitchen is a particularly risky place. Something as simple as preparing a can of soup becomes a fire hazard, because the individual can put the food on the stove and then leave the room, forgetting the soup is cooking at all. Once the food burns, it turns into a fire hazard. A camera can help you monitor kitchen, garage and other living space activity and help increase your awareness of your loved one’s actions.
Cameras also help if you use a home care provider. While most people who go into this field do so truly to help others, some abuse the elderly people in their care. If you have a third party caring for your parent, cameras can give you peace of mind that your loved one is being cared for properly.
A senior with access to medication and with dementia is a danger to themselves. It is very easy to double, triple or quadruple the medication taken, simply because they do not remember taking their daily dose. A medication safe ensures that only you or a caregiver can access medications, even OTC pain relievers, and keeps your senior safe at home.
Incorporating technology can help prevent wandering and keep your loved one safe. From monitoring their activities and the care they receive to restricting their ability to wander, using modern security can enhance your loved one’s life and give you peace of mind, too. Need the peace of mind that comes from monitoring your senior? We can help. Contact us to find out how easy it is to get started today.