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Shopping Home Security For The Elderly

Many seniors are opting to live in their homes longer rather than making the move to a retirement home or nursing facility. There are many security concerns as well as safety concerns for elderly residents staying in their homes. Here are a few tips to help keep them safe in their homes.

Determine their needs. Before taking any actions, work with the senior to determine what his or her needs are. For example, a senior who travels and is active in and out of the house will have different needs than a senior who is less mobile and requires a walker or wheelchair.

Research alarm systems and feature. An alarm system is a must-have item for any senior. Not only will an alarm system help protect the elderly from outside threats such as burglary, today’s alarm systems come with a variety features that allow the buyer to customize the system for other needs, as well. For example, there are a variety of systems that offer monitoring features such as medical alerts, which call for help in case of a fall or other accident. Other monitoring features available include smoke, temperature, carbon monoxide and more. Some systems also come with a video monitoring feature. Be sure to research alarm systems, features and prices online to get an accurate idea of what’s available, installation costs and monitoring costs.

Purchase a cordless or mobile phone. It’s a good idea for elderly citizens to have a phone that they can easily carry from room to room, in case of emergency, and can carry to the front door when answering it. If the homeowner has hearing difficulty or uses hearing aids, go online and search for phones that are hearing-aid compatible.

Secure the outside. Burglars decide whether to try to break-in to a house based on the outside. Be sure to help deter them. Install security lighting around the perimeter of the house especially at all entrances, including those in the back of the house. Remove or cut down bushes and hedges as burglars like to hide behind them. Install quality locks on all exterior doors and windows. Be sure to cover glass doors with security film or Plexiglass to make them more difficult to break. Give an extra set of keys to a trusted family member, neighbor or friend in case of emergency.

Check on them. Either check on the elderly resident on a regular basis or keep in contact with someone who can. For example, having a neighbor or friend pick up the mail and deliver it to the elderly resident on a regular basis ensures that someone at least sees the resident 5 or 6 days a week.

While staying in one's home can be a great option for elderly citizens, they need a little extra help to keep them healthy and safe. Be sure to go online and research safety products for this growing population.

Real Security Begins At Home (On Your Smartphone)

When the FBI sued Apple a couple of years ago to compel Apple's help in cracking an iPhone 5c belonging to alleged terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook, the lines seemed clearly drawn. On the one hand, the U.S. government was asserting its right (under an 18th ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 15:33:00 GMT



The Ooma Butterfleye security camera keeps recording even in a power outage

A power outage won't mean a security outage. At least, not if you have Ooma on your side. The smart home company introduced a new video security camera that boasts facial recognition, offline recording, and a host of other features to help keep you and y ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 13:05:00 GMT



Guardzilla Addresses Smart Home Security Monitoring at CONNECTIONS Connected Home Conference

ST. LOUIS, May 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Guardzilla, developer of the industry's first 360-degree Wi-Fi security camera, today announced it will join fellow thought leaders at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference on May 23 in San Francisco ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 07:41:00 GMT



Home Ministry to focus on security and peace, foreign workers - Muhyiddin

KUALA LUMPUR (May 21): Efforts to ensure national security and peace besides issues concerning immigration and foreign workers are among the main tasks that would be given emphasis by the Home Ministry. Its Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said other ...

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Voice squatting attacks: Hacks turn Amazon Alexa, Google Home into secret eavesdroppers

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Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 07:44:00 GMT



Armed robbery details caught on 'quality' home security video

A group of friend in San Francisco said they were enjoying a night out when a man robbed them at gunpoint -- and the entire violent incident was caught on clear, high quality video with sound that could make all the difference in finding the suspect.

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 12:55:00 GMT



Smart Home Weekly: Add The NETGEAR Arlo Security Lights To Protect Your Home

NETGEAR's Arlo division has finally released the Arlo Smart Home Security Light, which is going to be a great addition to your home and keep it protected. Much like the Arlo cameras, the Security Lights here are also wire-free, so you don't need to ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 08:13:00 GMT



Streety App Offers Smart Home Security for the Whole Neighborhood

Vivint Smart Home is expanding home security to the entire neighborhood with Streety, a free app that connects homeowners' security cameras and allows residents to share video footage with each other. By linking individual cameras through the app ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 11:14:00 GMT



Netgear's Arlo Security Light System Will Keep Your Home Safe From Intruders

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Published:  Sat, 19 May 2018 17:27:00 GMT



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