If your parent lives in a nursing care facility, you can be understandably concerned about their safety and wellbeing. Visits can allow you to check in on them, but you may want to explore other options to ensure your parent is treated with respect and dignity when you cannot be there in person.
Thus, you might consider technologies that can enable you to watch over your parent.
Illinois laws permit the use of audio and video recording devices in a long-term care facility. However, the resident (or their guardian) must consent to the use of surveillance equipment. If multiple people live in the same space, the roommates (or their guardians) must also consent.
If using a recording device in the room is not a viable option, you can still use video to check in on your loved one. FaceTime, Skype and other video chat platforms can allow you to see a resident and their surroundings.
Automatic notification systems
Even if your loved one cannot send you a message or notify you of their status, there are systems in place that can send alerts to your phone.
For instance, many banking institutions can alert account holders and authorized users of unusual activity. This could be a good option for you to set up if you are their guardian or have power of attorney. When you receive these alerts, you can prevent or stop financial abuse.
Further, federal laws require nursing homes to notify the family of any health changes. Failure to do this can lead to negligence charges.
Smart home devices
You can glean a lot about your loved one’s welfare by using smart home devices. These devices, including security doorbells, medication alerts, speakers and even wearable technology, can provide critical reassurance for loved ones.
They can transmit valuable information to approved parties, such as who is visiting your parent and alerts regarding their vital health statistics.
Using tech to your advantage
Your parents may not embrace technology, but it can be highly beneficial in helping you keep an eye on your loved ones when they are in someone else’s care.
Proper use of these technological devices and solutions can make a dramatic difference in your parent’s care and your peace of mind.