Activity monitoring is an added feature that is offered by many medical alert monitoring companies. Its purpose is to help loved ones monitor the daily activities of seniors. Activity monitors usually include sensors that can be worn or placed in the home to track activities in different rooms. The device can also alert others if suspicious activities are detected.
Beyond a basic medical alert system, seniors may also be interested in investing in a monitoring system that pro-actively monitors their activity levels and detects potential dangers. Loved ones can receive update statuses related to the senior’s daily routines. Some activity monitoring systems will even allow loved ones to monitor the senior’s health and well-being from afar. User-friendly and unobtrusive safety sensors can be placed around the senior’s home. The sensors can be programmed to specifically monitor movements in various rooms, and also indicate whether the senior has left the home. The system was designed to provide greater assurance that loved ones will be safe even when they are alone.
1. Peace of Mind
A medical alert system enables seniors to have access to help with the press of a button. However, there may be instances where loved ones may also want to be informed of activities or deviations in normal activity patterns that may indicate other underlying issues. This may be especially applicable to seniors with certain chronic conditions. Systems can be programmed to send alerts if the senior fails to appear in specific rooms, such as the kitchen or bathroom, for an extended period of time. Failing to go to the bathroom may indicate an issue, and an alert will be sent to loved ones.
As a precaution for most seniors, sensors are usually placed on exterior doors, so that loved ones will be aware of the senior’s comings and goings. The real-time movement tracking provides peace of mind by classifying a senior’s daily activities into easy-to-understand alerts, such as a resting state, which includes sitting, standing or lying down. Movements such as walking and running can also be sent as alerts, as can emergency alerts such as if a senior suddenly falls. Transition alerts can also be sent, alerting as to when a senior transitions, such as from sitting to standing, standing to lying or lying to sitting.
2. Tracking Abilities
To ensure a senior’s well-being and provide them the needed support during an emergency, activity monitoring can be implemented. Family members can track a senior’s activities from anywhere in the world. They can monitor how many times a senior has entered each room within a 24-hour period. If a staggering change is noticed, medical personnel or loved ones can be called to visit the senior’s home. Alerts can be sent by text message and emails and are fully customizable based on the needs of the user. Multiple monitoring accounts can be set up for different family members to monitor the senior’s activities. This ensures that loved ones will be aware of the senior’s activities at all times.
3. Alert Options
Standard medical alert systems provide access to emergency response services,24/7 with just the push of a button. Though other medical alert systems are beneficial in many ways, activity monitors can track lifestyle patterns and alert when a change is sensed. There are a variety of alert options, with the most popular being an automatic check-in every twelve hours. The check-in requires the senior to click the pendant when prompted by an alert. If the senior fails to respond, a family member or emergency personnel will be immediately prompted to complete a health and welfare check on the senior, to ensure all is well.
Also popular is the alert that can be programmed to remind seniors to take their medications. Depending on the medical alert company, the medication reminder may be used in conjunction with other devices, such as an automatic pill dispenser, to ensure that the senior takes the correct dosage of medication.
With the senior population rising, and an increased percentage of seniors choosing to remain living at home, medical alert systems and activity monitoring devices can provide a crucial level of safety and peace of mind to both a senior and their loved ones. The systems are cost-effective, as well as easy to install. In addition to activity monitoring, medical alert integration of additional features, such as GPS and fall-detection technology, bring new hope for seniors who want to live independently for longer.