How to Select Best Home Monitoring System for the Elderly

May 30, 2013

When your parents are well into their golden years, you want to make sure they have the immediate help they need should an emergency occur.  Home security systems with two-way monitoring services are ideal for the elderly, as they function well in either a home security or medical alert situation.

Two-way monitoring enables homeowners to have a conversation with the home security specialist on the other end without having to manually press a button on the home security control panel.  A common situation that occurs with the elderly is falling down.  Should this happen, help can be invoked by pressing a button on a pendant located in the homeowner’s pocket.  This sends an alert to the home security company and a professional is available over the two-way voice to speak to the homeowner.  From there, emergency services can be dispatched depending on the situation.

A home security system’s primary function is to provide intrusion detection should someone ever attempt to break-in to the home. Just by having a home security system, the chances of becoming a victim of a burglary or a home invasion are greatly reduced.  As with any purchase, make sure you perform research on the best home security system for your parents before making a decision.

There are a number of factors to consider before purchasing a home security system which can be overwhelming to take in all at once.  Referring to an independent reviews site like, can help with selecting the best security system provider with monitoring services.  Each company is ranked according to their customer service records as well as their technology and equipment. You can view side-by-side comparisons to see which features and services are important to adequately protect your parents.

The top three items to keep in mind when buying a home security system for your parents are:

  1. Select a company that provides a two-way voice intercom.  By carrying a pendant, a simple press of a button will get help on the line.
  2. Select a company that provides cellular monitoring services.  Cellular monitoring is wireless so a burglar cannot simply cut the phone or Internet line outside of the home to render the home security system useless.
  3. View Better Business Bureau ratings.  Look to see if the company is accredited with the Better Business Bureau and what type of rating they carry. Companies are rated on a scale of A+ to F. The higher the rating the better.

Hopefully, these tips will help you select the best home security system for your parents and give you the peace of mind knowing that your parents have help immediately available should an emergency occur.


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