Home Security and Medical Alert
System Integration Enables Independence For the Elderly
Perhaps the most modern application available for use with a home
security system is the ability to use system integration. This
technology may help to protect the property and increase security of
loved ones who are in danger of losing their independence.
Your extended family may include elderly members or those who deal
with a physical or mental disability on a daily basis. It is
understood that you may fear for their safety, while at the same time
wishing them to stay or become independent.
Home security systems are now using system integration to
completely automate safety measures as well as interior home features.
This may include automatic light controls, thermostat adjustments,
voice activation/deactivation, and strategically placed panic or
medical emergency buttons throughout the home.
Ensuring your family member's safety provides you with peace of
mind as well. Knowing that they are protected and will be able to warn
authorities in the case of a break-in, fire or other emergency is
Typically, an alarm system keypad will allow the homeowner to enter
a specific security code to arm or disarm the home. They may also be
installed at an appropriate height and location to allow virtually
anyone to access them. However, use of a specific code will keep
unwanted guests out.
Voice activation is also available for those who are unable to
enter an access code physically. Special keys may also be made to use
the system when coming home or going out.
Intercom applications and video cameras will allow your loved one
to view and speak to all visitors before allowing them to enter. This
will also give them the option to physically view their yards,
perimeter of the property, or other rooms in the home.
Panic buttons placed by the bed and near usual resting places will
allow the proper authorities to be dispatched to the home in the case
of an emergency. This is especially useful for medical concerns or
when they may hear or otherwise witness an attempted break-in.
Fire alarms are also wired to communicate with each other, which
causes all sirens to engage when any room contains a fire. These are
much unlike smoke detectors, which only sound off when smoke is
detected in the same room as the device.
Unfortunately, elderly and disabled homeowners may experience a
higher incidence of burglaries or vandalism. An integrated security
system will help to reduce their dependence on others, as well as
ensure their added safety.
Thermostat controls, entertainment controls, and automatic door
locking features are also available to make any home a "smart
house". Fully-automated options will also allow for timed lighting
in or around any area of the home, preventing the need for manual
Virtually any disability or physical hindrance may
be helped with the use of automated system integration options.
Medical, fire and security emergencies are easily handled with the
added help of newly designed technical features. Contact your local
home security system provider to inquire how you can help your loved
one retain their independence and remain as safe as possible.
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Additional Information and
webpage by Paul Susic MA Licensed
Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate