We live in a world filled with new technology. And some of it offers exciting opportunities to help you out with your day to day chores. Want a quick way to add to your grocery list? There’s an app for that. Want to keep up with family and friends? There’s an app for that too.
If you provide care for a loved one, there are many ways technology can lend a helping hand. Even if you can’t physically be present in their home, technology can give you the next best thing.
How about home security video monitoring?
Companies are rushing to market each day with a wide variety of options. In most cases, you can find small, inexpensive cameras that will allow you to easily connect up with your loved one no matter where you are. But before you start, ask one simple question.
Is the person you are caring for willing to be watched?
If they aren’t healthy enough to give you consent, think about privacy issues.
You should also consider where you’ll place the cameras. You might think the bedroom and bathroom are logical choices – that’s where most accidents occur. Yet the person you are caring for might not like the idea of you having an unlimited view of them in the most private rooms in a home.
If a home security video monitoring system sounds like a great choice for your situation, be sure to ask a few questions before setting in on a service plan. Don’t take the word of a company; read online reviews and find out what others recommend. Read the fine print; will you be charged monthly in addition to purchasing equipment? How easy is it to operate? How functional will it be in the home? The more you learn before you buy, the better prepared you’ll be for the results.
With a lot of today’s technology, you can take it a step farther than just video surveillance. And you can do so with just a few minutes of setup.
Have you tried a virtual personal assistant for your own home? Why not integrate it into your loved one’s life too? Amazon Echo or Google Home can help caregivers in many ways, from being able to turn off the lights to chatting with your loved one in any room in the home, even when you’re not there. It all operates with simple voice commands.
The speakers offer a feature called far-field voice recognition, which allows your voice to be heard even above background noise. This can work for both you and your loved one; something that can be beneficial if they are far from a speaker and yet need help.
Plus today’s virtual personal assistants come with hundreds of apps ready to help you with the things you do every day. They can make it easier to control the functionality of your home. They can help you with ordering home supplies. They can even boost your security features with door and window sensors to provide peace of mind.
What smart technology do you use in your home?