Why Do Seniors Need A Home Security System?
Investing in a home security system gives peace of mind to both seniors and their caregivers. The right home security system provides seniors with a sense of protection and helps to keep their homes safe. Many systems also include monitoring which makes it easy for seniors to get help any time day or night if there’s a problem.
Home security systems can also provide a deterrent to would-be burglars. The visibility of cameras, in particular, can often prevent home invasions. They also make it easier for seniors to manage their home security systems and see what is happening around their home.
Seniors can also use the system to check out legitimate visitors and makes sure they’re comfortable before opening the door. It all adds up to seniors feeling safer in their homes, which positively impacts their state of mind and quality of life.
What Types Of Home Security System Are There?
There are many types of home security systems, ranging from the most basic burglar alarms to full-featured systems that include motion detectors, security lights, and CCTV systems. Most systems at least include an alarm and some motion sensors. Some systems are monitored, while others are not. Some also include elements such as smart home control.
Home security systems come in two general categories: Hardwired or wireless. Hardwired systems, like those offered by ADT, are wired into the home power supply, which means they are harder to install and often require professional installation. This can push the price up.
However, they also mean you don’t have to worry about the system running out of power. Wireless systems, like those from SimpliSafe, work from batteries, which makes them easier to install. They’re suitable for most spaces, but you’ll want to make sure they have a backup power supply in the event of a power outage.
Because there are so many different types of systems available, we recommend shopping around and comparing several different systems before making a decision.
What To Look For In A Home Security System
For most seniors, ease of use is an absolute must. Some systems can be installed by a competent do-it-yourself kind of person, while others require professional installation. Whether you choose a DIY or professionally installed system, make sure it’s easy to use once it’s set up.
We also recommend choosing a system that has:
- Movement sensors to pick up on movement in and around the home
- Glass break sensors in case of break-ins through windows
- Entryway sensors that let users know if a door or window is opened
- Cameras that allow you to see who has entered your home
Some useful extras you might want to look for include:
- Professional monitoring by the system provider so help is always at hand
- Remote control so users can activate the system at the press of a button
- Mobile alerts sent straight to a cell phone so users know immediately if there is a problem
Many home security systems include long term contracts. Although The Senior List is not usually keen on long term contracts, they’re often hard to avoid with home security systems. We recommend reviewing agreements with a fine-toothed comb. In the event that you wish to cancel your service, you’ll want to be sure that you don’t incur any exorbitant charges.
We also recommend making sure you can talk to a real person who will address your questions and concerns. Choosing a home security system is an important decision, and you want to be sure you’re getting the best system for your needs.
A company that makes it easy to talk to a real person, one who hears and addresses your concerns, is more likely to provide good customer service going forward. Behind every good home security system is a team of caregivers—both you and the professionals—who ensure that your home is protected.