We all lead busy lives with our own families, work and other commitments and very often forget that an aging parent living alone can fall victim to accident or crime.
Over the years we get so used to our parents doing things for us and being there for us that we can fail to notice that they are growing older and becoming less independent. Just think of what could befall them in the home. They could slip in the kitchen, fall ill and not be able to get out of bed. There could even be an intruder that regularly enters the home that they are unaware of. This is more common than you may think, as there have been many cases of youngsters creeping in and stealing from a purse or wallet left on the side.
It is always a good idea to check your parent's home for accident risks such as throw rugs that they can trip over and perhaps install hand rails in the bathroom. There are medical alert systems that they can press if they are in trouble. Also a phone with large numbers displayed can be helpful.
Make sure that all the windows and doors have strong locks fitted and fit an alarm system that can be switched on and off in different zones of the house. Having this type of system will enable your parent to have the rest of the house alarmed for intruders whilst they are in the bedroom.
For their safety and your peace of mind consider installing an IP security camera that you can monitor at work from your PC or anywhere on your iPhone. It would enable you to check on them several times a day without disturbing them, giving both you and your parents the surety that all is well. If something has happened, then you are in a position to get help for them immediately. There have been many cases of the elderly being left for days before help arrives.
An inexpensive single internet protocol camera can be found here - Indoor and outdoor IP cameras.
Alternatively there is a range of do-it-yourself four camera systems that come with all the cables and fittings that have DVRs which can be viewed in real time on the internet by PC or phone: Camera Systems
Another thing to consider is an elderly parent's driving skills. Are you aware of how they are driving the car these days? A very good way of checking this is to install a car camera that not only records the car’s journey but also records the driver inside the car. Using an SD card you can review their driving and see for yourself how competent they are, and if there is a problem you can show them the footage. Here is a link to a really good Car Camera that will monitor their driving skills. Car Camera
We all need that peace of mind when we have elderly parents and installing any of these security devices will enable you to check on them at any time of the day or night.