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Caring for the Elderly: Alarm Systems for the Home

Posted: March 27, 2019

People today live longer than ever. This is a remarkable achievement of modern medicine and public health, but it also introduces new challenges.

Many seniors choose to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. They may choose to do so for financial reasons. Or because their independence makes them happy—they like their homes. They enjoy their lives.

Your loved ones deserve to enjoy the choice, dignity, and independence that come from living in their own homes for as long as it is safe for them to do so.

But a longer life doesn’t exclude someone from the hearing, mobility, and health issues that can come with advanced age. According to a 2014 report from the U.S. Census Bureau, “Over 38 percent of those aged 65 and over had one or more disabilities in 2010, with the most common difficulties being walking, climbing stairs, and doing errands alone.”

So, how can you help make sure Mom and Dad (or Grandma and Grandpa) are safe and comfortable at home? A home security system may be able to help.

Today’s home security systems have a lot more to offer than “just” protection from intruders. From smart locks and video doorbells to personal panic buttons and indoor video cameras—a home security system can help protect your loved ones in a variety of different ways. Read more below to learn about home security for seniors.

Home Security SystemsA home security system can make life easier for the elderly and their caregivers.


Home security systems are smarter than ever, and they are designed to make your life easier.


Your system can tell you when a window or door is open. Or if there is moisture in the basement—so Mom or Dad won’t have to go down the basement stairs to check for flooding. It can also allow you to turn lights and small appliances on and off remotely.


You can also protect the front door with a video doorbell and door and motion sensors. These are great tools to safely monitor who comes in and who goes out. You’ll know if a caregiver has arrived, or if your loved one is away from home.


You can even integrate your security system with home automation for voice commands. Imagine turning on a light or small appliance without having to move a finger.



A home security system can be a real lifesaver for the elderly.

A monitored home security system means that help is on the way when you (and your loved ones) need it.


With a monitored home security system, you won’t have to worry about break-ins or intruders. When the alarm is activated, a monitoring center will contact you and send help.


It’s no secret that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors help save lives. Loud alarm sirens and lights are particularly helpful to the elderly and those who may be visually or hearing impaired—and they are also great alerts for neighbors and first-responders who may come to help.


But what happens if your loved one has a personal emergency in the home, maybe a fall, and he or she can’t reach a phone or control panel? A personal panic button remote can alert a professional monitoring representative (who will dispatch help) with just the push of a button.


And what about the very worst-case scenario and ultimate worry? What if your loved one is home alone and unable to call for help? You can’t always be at home 24/7 with Mom and Dad, but indoor video cameras can allow you to check what is happening 24/7, day or night. No more worrying.


A home security system can be an easy and affordable solution for caregivers, families, and their (independent) elderly family members.


So, is a home security system right for your (independent) elderly loved ones?

Home Security for Seniors: Learn how Protect Your Home-installed equipment can work a little extra for your (independent) elderly family members:

  • Personal Panic Remote
    A Personal Panic Remote is a great way to call for help when you are inside your home. It’s as easy as the push of a button.
  • Security Keychain Remote
    A Keychain Remote is a convenient way to arm and disarm your security system without having to rush to the keypad. Keychain Remotes are also great for regular visitors and caregivers—Mom and Dad can keep their independence (and keypad), but you’ll still be able to arm and disarm the system or activate the alarm with a single push of a button.

  • ADT® Pulse App
    With the ADT® Pulse App, you can view video footage and check on and manage your windows, doors, lights, and more. The app can send you alerts throughout the day, so you’ll know your loved ones (and their home) are safe.
  • Door/Window Sensors
    You can know that your home’s doors and windows are closed when you check their status in the app. These sensors are also a great way to monitor who comes in and out—and when.
  • Smart Locks
    Smart Locks are an easy and secure way to grant keyless access to caregivers and other people who need to enter your home. You can create and assign different entry passcodes for different people, so you’ll know who comes in and out (and when) using the app. You can even lock or unlock the door remotely through the app—no passcodes or keys required.
  • Indoor Cameras
    You can see what is happening at home—day or night, in real-time, and from virtually anywhere—with your Indoor Cameras and the app.
  • ADT® Video Doorbell
    When you combine the Video Doorbell with the Smart Lock, you can see who is at the door, speak with that person, unlock the door, and disarm your security system—from virtually anywhere with the app. The Video Doorbell is a secure way for you (and your loved ones) to check who is at the door—without the risk of opening the door to the unknown.
  • Light and Small Appliance Module
    Do you ever worry about the coffee maker and other small appliances? What if you forget to turn them off? This Module will allow you to check on lights and small appliances (and turn them on and off), all through the app. You can even schedule lights to turn on and off at set times. The Module can also be integrated with Alexa for easy voice control, which is a handy tool for loved ones with limited mobility.
  • Wet Switch Flood Detector
    Mom and Dad may not always be able to go down the stairs to the basement. But with this Wet Switch Flood Detector, you can know that your basement is safe from flooding and water damage.
  • Heat Sensing Smoke Detector
    The Heat Sensing Smoke Detector is pretty straight-forward. But did you know that when you set up a home security system, you can also add multiple contacts so if there is ever an event that triggers the alarm, the monitoring center can contact everyone on the list? Plus, with the app you can always check the current status of your home’s security.
  • High Decibel Alarm Sirens
    Outdoor High Decibel Alarm Sirens are a great security tool. The loud siren and strobe light can alert neighbors and first responders, and potentially scare off intruders. They are also a great tool for gardeners and those who like to spend time outside. You’ll hear the home’s sirens for quite a distance.