Most people have some experience with motion sensor lights. Many floodlights over a garage, by a driveway, or even at the front entrance of a house might have motion sensors. Whenever there is movement detected by the sensor, the light will be turned on. Of course, animals or even wind blowing leaves around could potentially trigger these lights to go on.
For a senior living at home alone, these lights can improve safety.
While most people think about motion sensing lights for being beneficial outside the house, they could also be incredibly beneficial inside. Some of the more advanced sensors can be calibrated so well that they will only detect movement when somebody gets out of bed, for example. If they are angled properly and set according to their directions effectively, they could be positioned in some part of the bedroom and, even though the senior may turn over in the middle of the night, the light will not go on.
However, when they get out of bed in the middle of the night (because they have to use the bathroom), the motion sensor would be activated, thus turning on the lights to help improve safety.
How would this improve safety?
If a person does not have to fumble around on a nightstand to turn the light on, if they don’t need to worry about crossing the room just to flick on the light switch, they reduce the risk of tripping over something they don’t see or even becoming disoriented at night.
During extremely dark conditions (and this can be exacerbated by vision related problems) a person’s balance can be impacted. Even a strong, healthy, younger adult who is placed into a completely dark room may become a bit disoriented and, when they start walking, can lose their balance. It can lead to a sense of vertigo.
With these lights going on automatically, placed strategically throughout the bedroom, hallway, bathroom, and possibly even the kitchen, the senior will not need to worry about reaching the light switch to make sure they didn’t forget something on the floor or to maintain their balance.
Safety can be improved by many devices and motion sensors connected to lights are just one of them. When seniors take their safety seriously, they begin to realize the value in technology to provide comfort and avoid potentially serious mishaps. It’s important to make sure these motion sensors are set up accurately and calibrated properly to ensure operation when they’re needed most.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Haddonfield, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC HomeCare Services today at 856-234-8700
Kelly C. McCabe is the co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and isalso a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.
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