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Improving Your Home Security For The New Year

by Amy January 7, 2019

Losing weight or quitting smoking typically make many New Year’s Resolution lists, but what about installing or updating your home security system? Keeping you and your family safe are definitely worth including on your list. We’ve put a few ideas together to help you do just that — a “New Year’s To-Do” list. These little things you can do can make a big difference in making your home more secure:

Don’t Leave Garage Door Openers or Keys In Your Car

Leaving these in your car makes it very easy for someone to gain access into your house without requiring a key. Make sure to stow these away in a guarded place where you can reach it, or entrust them to a close friend, neighbor, or family member. You can also take measures to your garage door by installing deadbolts and heavy-duty strike plate.

Make Your Home Look Occupied When It Is Not

This is easier than ever before with smart home devices and home automation security. You can schedule lights to be turned on and off at different times or even have a TV playing in the evening hours just like you were at home. Most home burglaries occur between 10am to 3pm, when most of us are at work, so seeing house activity during these times can detract unwanted trespassers.

Remember to Set Your Alarm System Correctly

Many people purchase an alarm from a security service but they fail to set it and use it; you’ll want an alarm system to go off when something happens. With a system from My Alarm Center you’ll also get the MyHome app which lets you set and deactivate your alarm system from your phone.

Utilize Our Video Monitoring Service

You’ll never have to open the door on a stranger again when you have video monitoring with My Alarm Center’s high-tech security cameras. You’ll be able to monitor your home right from your mobile device, even from miles away, when you’re at work or on vacation.

Remember To Monitor Other Doors

Burglars have always been creative, so don’t forget about your porch door, French doors, or even large windows. These can prove easier entryways for would-be criminals than the front door, so make sure they are properly secured. Our systems can ensure all these programs can be monitored and tracked, so you’ll know when anyone comes in at any point in your home.

If you have any questions on home security systems, don’t hesitate to reach out and have a security system installed in the Philadelphia and Seattle areas.

Helps Caregivers Worry Less: Smart Home Technology Enables Independent Living for Seniors

by Amy January 4, 2019
A multi-part series exploring Connected Living Solutions for Seniors living at home.

Connected Living Solutions
Enabling Seniors to Age In Place…and Helping Caregivers Worry Less

In the upcoming months, we will explore how smart home technology is offering seniors and their caregivers safe and effective options for independent living. Before jumping into the solutions, perhaps it makes sense to understand just how many stand to benefit from these new offerings.

According to the AARP, the overwhelming majority of older adults, nearly 90%, want to stay in their homes as they age rather than move to a healthcare facility. This desire to “age in place” or maintain “independent or non-assisted living”—terms coined to reflect this phenomenon—is so strong, that the number only drops to 82% even if they begin to need to day-to-day assistance.

While maintaining their independence is a growing reality for many active seniors, it often requires some level of care and support. And that’s where family members traditionally step in. Nearly 35 million Americans currently provide unpaid care for a family member over age 50 at an average rate of 19 hours per week.

Today’s caregivers, those adult children of aging parents, face their own challenges. Typically “sandwiched” between working demanding hours, raising their own children and also looking after mom or dad, families often experience a lot of stress and worry—along with confusion about where to turn for help. It’s no surprise that over half of caregivers feel overwhelmed by the amount of care their loved ones require.

And the need for a better solution is growing. Baby Boomers between the ages of 55 and 73 currently represent almost a third of the population, with 10,000 new senior citizens turning 65 every day!

Smart home technology is providing a solution for both seniors and their caregivers that combines traditional safety and security features with intelligence to help anticipate issues before they become emergencies.

Today’s Connected Living Solutions extend beyond traditional alerts that are triggered only after a fall or accident occurs. Monitoring seniors’ well-being and quality of life are made possible through a suite of discrete sensors and smart devices. A USA Today report explains how this new breed of solutions “can report about changes in activity levels, sleeping and eating patterns, bathroom visit frequency and medication adherence, as well as emergency situations like wandering out of the home or falls.” If unusual and potentially harmful behavior is identified, proactive alerts will be sent to caregivers.

Seniors want to maintain their independence and caregivers want peace of mind knowing their aging parents are not only safe but also experiencing a better quality of life.  Connected Senior Living Solutions use intelligence-based trend alerts to provide assurance for families, and enable seniors to live the lifestyle they desire while staying safe and healthy in their homes.

Stay tuned! In upcoming blogs in this series, we’ll take a deep dive into the newest trends in connected living solutions for Seniors living at home.