Smart Security: For the Elderly or Vulnerable
It’s easy to forget to lock the door behind you, and the worry of whether you locked it or not can cause anxiety, but some smart locks allow you to set how long the door stays unlocked before it’s secured again. This is particularly beneficial to elderly or vulnerable people, as this feature can help them feel more protected.Smart security keeps you connected, can deter would-be burglars, and helps keep your home safe. There is a misconception that smart home security is complicated, but it’s relatively easy to install, understand, and use.
During this article, we’re going to focus on how smart security can aid the elderly or vulnerable to make their day-to-day lives a little easier, and how it can bring peace of mind to both them and their loved ones.
Smart locks allow you to enter your home without the need for a physical key. They use WiFi or Bluetooth, meaning homeowners and visitors can access the property using their smartphone, or in some instances, key tags or key cards.
No more fiddling with keys, simply use your smartphone or if you’d prefer, a key card. Some smart locks can be set up to unlock as soon as you approach your door, so you don’t even have to touch your phone.
It’s easy to give family members or carers access to your home using the accompanying smart lock app, and you can keep track of who comes and goes via the log. If you have an elderly relative, this is a great option because they don’t need to answer the door physically, as access can be granted remotely. Access rights can also be revoked at any time.
We offer a range of smart locks at Smart Choice Security, with varying functionality, but we’ve listed two of the best options for the elderly or vulnerable, below:
Part of the Yale family, the popular Conexis L1 Smart Door lock is easy to fit and configure. Use the Yale Conexis App to send mobile keys and receive notifications when your loved ones have arrived home safely. This smart door lock is battery powered and compatible with other Yale Smart Living products, so you can build a wider smart security system for additional protection.
The Ultion SMART can be easily installed in minutes and is controlled using the accompanying app. Use this free app to send virtual keys to loved ones or health professionals, via Bluetooth. You can set up an activation radius on your smartphone, so the door automatically unlocks upon approach, and then for added security, establish an auto-lock function. It’s also possible to activate voice control through Amazon Alexa, Siri, or your Apple Watch – a great feature for anyone with limited mobility.
You might have considered outdoor CCTV, but have you thought about the benefits of indoor CCTV? This type of smart product can be particularly beneficial for elderly or vulnerable people, and their relatives.
With permission, you can set up indoor CCTV cameras to check in on your loved ones. Smart IP cameras, often referred to as WiFi indoor cameras, are inexpensive and use WiFi. You simply pair the camera to the associated app, and you can view live footage from anywhere.
Some indoor CCTV cameras come with two-way audio, so you can speak to your family member or visitors without the need to video call them. Video calls can be confusing for elderly or vulnerable people, so this is a quicker and often less stressful option. In addition, another great feature is night vision – allowing you to check in on your loved ones no matter what time it is.
We have a wide range of CCTV cameras and smart home security systems on offer, and we’ve shared two of the most suitable indoor CCTV cameras for elderly or vulnerable people, below:
Our Smart Choice Security indoor camera nicknamed ‘Isaac’, tracks motion (up to 10 metres) and records footage. Getting started with this product couldn’t be easier, as set up is straightforward and fast. It’s easy to view footage using the free smartphone app, and the price includes a 16GB SD card. With hassle-free installation, it’s an effective and affordable option. It uses WiFi, offers HD 1080p video quality, has night vision, and comes with a one-year guarantee.
This wireless indoor camera has HD 1080p resolution and installation is simple. Once set up, you can check-in on your home, or your loved one’s home, from anywhere in the world via the app. You can also create notifications and alerts which go straight to your smartphone, if required. Thanks to the two-way audio, it’s never been easier to have a conversation with whoever is at home. If that wasn’t reason enough to invest, there are no monthly fees, so this one-off cost is all you need to stay connected.
Need further help with smart locks or indoor CCTV cameras, or want advice on planning your smart home security system? Then get in touch with one of our friendly experts by emailing us at:
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