Feeling secure and being safe in your home is important at any age, and especially when you’re a senior. Older adults can often feel vulnerable at home and they worry about burglars and robberies. Having a home security system is a worthwhile investment to make, but all the systems are not equal, and when it comes to the aging population, we researched the top systems and show you our favorites.
Why Do Seniors Need a Home Security System?
When you invest in a home security system, it gives seniors and their caregivers a peace of mind. Choosing the right home security system will provide seniors with a sense of protection and helps to keep their homes safe. Most systems have monitoring built-in making it easy for a senior to get help if something happened.
Having cameras that are visible to would-be burglars could cause them to reconsider trying to break into a seniors home, therefore deterring home invasions before they happen. This makes it easy for a senior to see whats going on around their home.
With people coming to the door for different reasons, different systems make it possible to screen visitors, at the end of the day it equals to making a senior feel comfortable and safe in their home.
What Are Different Types of Home Security Systems?
There are many types of home security systems, from the very basic to high-tech smart security features. You can get systems with motion detectors, security lights and CCTV. Most systems will have at least an alarm and some motion sensors. There are options that are monitored and some that aren’t.
Home security systems come in 2 categories: hardwired or wireless. Hardwired systems like ADT are wired into your home’s power supply. These are harder to install and need professional assistance, this adds to your cost. You don’t have to worry about those systems running out of power. Options that are wireless like Simplisafe, works using batteries, which makes them easier to install. You would want to make sure you have a backup power supply if the power goes out.
Since there are so many different types of systems out there, we recommend shopping around and checking out different kinds that are on the market.
What Should You Look For in a Home Security System?
For most seniors, a system that’s easy to use is best. Some systems can be installed by a handyman, others will require a professional. Whether you choose a DIY or professional installed system, make sure it’s easy for you to use.
We recommend choosing a system with:
- Motion sensors to detect any movement around or in the home.
- Sensors on your glass, incase of someone trying to break a window and get in.
- Sensors in the entryway to notify you if a door or window has been opened.
- Cameras that allow for you to see anyone walking around the home.
Some useful options you should consider:
- Professional monitoring by a provider so help is at your fingertips
- Remote control so you can activate by pressing a button.
- Mobile alerts sent to emergency numbers if you have a problem.
Some home security home systems have long-term contracts attached to them. Senior Affairs doesn’t recommend long-term contracts, but they are hard to avoid with home security companies. We recommend that you read all the fine print, be sure to ask about any early-cancellation penalties.
We think you should speak to a live person who will answer your questions and address your needs. Choosing the right home security system is an important decision and you’ll want to make sure you get the best one for your situation.
A company that makes it easy for you to speak to a real person, in the beginning, is most likely going to provide good customer service in the event you or your caregivers have questions or concerns.