Make sure your elderly relative is safe at home with a nanny cam
Installing a nanny cam so you can keep an eye on your elderly relative and make sure that they are safe is a very reasonable action to take – with their permission of course.
As your parents or other relatives become older, the topic of caring for them and keeping them safe rears its head. Of course there are lots of great retirement homes around, but as we all know and can appreciate, many elderly relatives want to remain in their own home or move in with their children, rather than a retirement home.
The problem is that the older we become, the more likely we are to fall at home with 2.5 million elderly people being treated for falls each year. More than a quarter of a million elderly people are admitted to hospital for broken hips and more than 95% of these are due to a fall.
So insuring that our older relatives are safe at home is essential for their well and quality of life.
Nanny cams help to keep your elderly relatives safe
There are lots of changes you have to make when an elderly relative moves into your home. This is because they require more care as time goes by and their mobility can become an issue.
This is where a nanny cam can be a huge benefit, because it allows you to keep in touch with your relative when you are not at home.
This is not spying on them, but is a way to keep them safe at home. You can install a nanny camera in your relative’s home or in your home, if they move in with you.
A WiFi nanny cam will make a big difference to your stress levels about whether or not your parent is safe at home alone. It will also reassure them that you will see if they are in trouble even if they can’t get to a phone and call you.
Nanny cams are very affordable and will help you to feel less stressed about not being there for your parent, because you have a career and you need to go to work. The risk of falling however, increases as we age and the last thing you want is a parent with a broken hip at home.
So apart from installing quality nanny cameras in your home, here are 17 more tips to help you keep your elderly relative safe at home.
17 Safety tips for elderly relatives in the home
- Install smoke alarms in every room of your home and check their batteries regularly.
- Don’t forget to install a carbon monoxide alarm as well in your home.
- Have a clear escape rout in case of a fire and a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
- Make sure that there is sufficient lighting on the stairs inside and outside on the veranda, the garage, porch and garden paths.
- If you have an open fireplace or a log burner in your home, make sure that it is safely behind a fireguard.
- Install nightlights that go on and off when they detect motion.
- Declutter the floor spaces, so your elderly relative won’t trip easily.
- Place non-slip mats in bathrooms and around the skin in the kitchen.
- Install bars and grab handles in the shower and around the bathtub.
- Find a sturdy and waterproof chair, bench or stool that will fit in the shower.
- Make sure you store needed items on low shelves.
- Make any threshold level, if possible, to avoid falls in the home.
- Reposition any electrical cords that drape along the floors.
- Install external ramps for entryways if the steps are a problem.
- Create a covered walkway between the garage and house, so they don’t slip in the rain.
- Replace worn or torn carpets or rugs.
- Fit a chain on the front door, so your elderly relative can check their ID before letting them into the home.
With a nanny cam installed in your home, you can chat to your relative when you are at work and keep an eye on them in case they fall or injure themselves in some other wat. Yes, you can use the phone, but being able to SEE that they are OK is a big way to reduce your stress, when you have to leave them home alone.
To make sure your elderly relative is safe at home you definitely want a nanny cam with specific features.
Features of a perfect nanny camera for your elderly relative
- 2-way communication – so you can chat with your relative.
- Pan& Tilt – so you can follow them around the room.
- Digital zoom – so you can zoom in for a closer look.
- Temperature sensor – so you know the room is not to cold.
- High quality images – so you can see everything clearly in case of an accident.
- Sound and motion alert notifications to your smartphone.
There are two good nanny cams that fulfil all of these criteria – the D-Link DCS 855L and the D-Link DCS-850L. There are lots of other nanny cams which you can read about here – but these are the only two that I have reviewed so far, that have all of these features.