Home security technology used to be about keeping people out of a home. Now, families are using it to keep loved ones safe within their homes.
According to new research by Alarm.com, 7 in 10 adults with parents aged over 60 are unable to visit them as often as they'd like to. In a post-COVID world families are feeling even more helpless when it comes to care options for older family and loved ones.Increasingly, these families are relying on modern technology to stay connected.
Adult children often end up worrying about their parents' physical and mental wellbeing. Often as parents age and get older they are concerned that isolation from other people can even begin to turn loneliness into depression. Because life often prevents children from being with their parents' as regularly as they would like they often end up worrying.
Wellness from Smart Space is a suite of smart, proactive technology that helps families stay connected to loved ones in their own homes. When visits or phone calls aren't possible—or aren't enough—it gives families a new way to know that a parent or family member is safe and well.
Wellcam: a new way to connect and talk
The Wellcam is a specialized security camera with two-way audio that makes it easy to talk to each other. Up to 10 family members can access the Smart Space account associated with their loved one's Wellcam, which ensures that someone will always be available if their parent needs to talk. This technology allows children to check in with their parents easily through the smartphone app.
With a Wellness account you can have virtual visits with your loved ones where you can drop in to get a quick glance at how Dad is doing. You can receive notifications when Wellcam detects activities at certain hours. You can see an automatic highlight reel of the day's images that you can share with your siblings and talk about.
Another bonus is that your loved one can press a callout button on Wellcam to contact family members if they need immediate assistance. It's like a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) device that doesn't need to be worn, and comes without the stigma that some of those devices project.
Sensors keep you connected to important everyday activity
Contact and motion sensors are simple devices that discreetly register activity throughout your loved one's home. They let you know that your loved one is up and about and taking care of themselves, and can provide alerts when your parents leaves home, arrives, or receives a visitor.
You can place a contact sensor on nearly anything: the refrigerator, pillboxes or medicine cabinets, or even the shower door, giving you a non-intrusive way to know that your loved one's day-to-day essentials are taken care of. Know that your loved one is showering, taking medicine and eating: activities that are essential for their wellbeing and your peace of mind.