It is very common for seniors to want to stay in their own home as long they can. Depending on their situation, an elderly individual may need a wide range of things to achieve this goal. This includes the right home care services. It also includes the right home safety systems.
One home safety system an elderly individual may find they need are systems aimed at monitoring for abnormal events, like falls. Such systems tend to use things like cameras, in-appliance sensors, in-furniture sensors or wearable sensors.
There are various concerns that come up when it comes to such monitoring devices. This includes concerns over how challenging they are to install/use and privacy concerns.
Researchers here in Michigan are looking into whether Wi-Fi could hold the answer to reducing privacy and ease-of-use concerns when it comes to home monitoring systems for seniors. Specifically, research is being started at Michigan State University aimed at determining if pre-existing Wi-Fi signals in a home could be used to create a better home monitoring system for seniors. It will be interesting to see if any effective home monitoring methods come out of the research.
Another concern that can arise for seniors over home monitoring systems, and other devices and services they obtain to keep from having to move to a care facility, are financial concerns. The costs of the goods and services needed to keep living at home can add up. So, individuals may want to make preparations regarding these costs when their goal is to remain living at home in their elderly years. Skilled estate planning lawyers can help individuals with advanced planning related to this goal.