Elderly care and the value of a monitored home alarm system 

Published: June 05, 2024 by  Marguerite Cotter

Elderly care is a critical aspect of ensuring the well-being and safety of older family members and local citizens. As people age, they may face various challenges, including mobility issues, cognitive decline, and health conditions that require assistance and monitoring. In this instance, a monitored home alarm system can offer significant value by providing an extra method of security and peace of mind for both the elderly person and their family members.  

Here are some key benefits: 

Emergency Response: Monitored home alarm systems typically include features such as panic buttons on remote controls, that allow the elderly person to quickly signal that help is needed in cases of emergencies such as falls, medical emergencies, or intruders. These systems connect the user directly to a monitoring centre staffed with professionals who can dispatch emergency services promptly. PhoneWatch respond to all alarms within 15 seconds, to ensure optimal incident resolutions. 

24/7 Monitoring: Unlike unmonitored alarm systems, which rely on the homeowner or their family members to respond to alerts, monitored systems offer continuous monitoring by trained professionals. This means that even if the elderly person is unable to call for help themselves, the monitoring centre can detect emergencies and take appropriate action any time the alarm is armed. PhoneWatch's monitored alarm system, also protects against smoke incidents, and is monitored 24.7, even when an alarm is off. 

Remote Monitoring: Caregivers, family members, or designated contacts can often access the system remotely via smartphone apps. This allows them to check on the status of the elderly person, receive alerts, and even communicate directly with the monitoring centre if necessary, providing an additional method of support. At PhoneWatch, we have also personalised keytags, which are given to trusted alarm keyholders, whereby they can access the home without an alarm code, which is needed when checking in on elderly people without constantly setting off the alarm or needing for them to open the door. 

Deterrent: Just the presence of a monitored alarm system can act as a deterrent to intruders or other potential threats, reducing the risk of break-ins. PhoneWatch has over 32 years of experience in the home security industry, and our logo on alarm signs, stickers and bellboxes on homes is hugely beneficial for signaling that a home is monitored 24/7 by Ireland's leading alarm provider, which protects over 120,000 Irish homes. 

Peace of Mind: For both the elderly person and their loved ones, knowing that help is just a button press away, or an alarm signal, can provide a tremendous sense of security and peace of mind. This can alleviate anxiety and allow the elderly person to maintain their independence and quality of life, safe in the comfort of their own home. 

Overall, a monitored home alarm system can be a valuable investment for elderly individuals and their caregivers, providing essential support, security, and peace of mind as they age and continue to enjoy life in their own homes. 


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