Home monitoring technology can – and does – help many seniors live longer in the homes of their choice, which we as boomers repeatedly tell survey takers is important for us.
Our first post on the topic went into the why of implementing monitoring, but the more difficult step for many is the how – - not how technically but the people side of it, the senior loved one whose home and life is going to be monitored.
We’re gratified by the number of responses we have gotten to our prior post on the topic, with many of you telling personal stories about your families. We have seen much the same as you discussed, but hearing from you really drove home the impacts.
Most people told us what we have seen and heard elsewhere, that most senior loved ones are at least initially resistant to any sort of monitoring.
Some family caregivers are able to convince their loved ones to accept it, but others press forward despite resistance. While hesitant, they are convinced their actions are in the interest of their loved ones.
We all want to work together with our loved ones in protecting their interests. If and when the time comes that in-home monitoring is a benefit to them, we hope they will not just accept the situation but embrace the technology that helps keep them at home. How do we accomplish that?
Potential Steps in Senior Loved One’s Embracing Monitoring Technology
- Make sure they see it as their decision and not one your are imposing on them. It’s natural to resist what is forced on us. Lay out the facts that led you to your conclusion and help your senior loved one decide monitoring is better than alternatives – which might include moving to a senior living facility or getting a caregiver in the home.
- Investigate – together – various systems with different types of monitoring technology so you can both see the range of options available.
- Ask manufacturers and vendors of selected systems for access to current users of their technology. They should already have lined up customers willing to share their experiences.
- Obtain input from physicians and other advisers trusted by your loved one.
- Consider trial implementations of monitoring options, with the information that would normally go to others going only to your senior loved one.
When you pursue the investigation with your loved one, be sure you do so with an open mind. You just might learn something new that reinforces your thinking or changes your mind. Also, going through the process may help you learn something more about your senior loved one – and them about you.
One thing you don’t want out of this process is regrets. Some readers told us they wish they had convinced or even forced loved ones to let them put monitoring technology in their homes because they’re convinced it would have made a real difference in the length and enjoyment of their lives.
We’d love to hear your tips!