What are the Best Security Cameras for our Padres

It never hurts to have a second set of "eyes"

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I have never been fond of monitoring my Super Senior at home, but as mom’s Dementia starts to get worse, I thought I’d look for the best security cameras that were non intrusive, and made me feel better at keeping an eye out on her.  Here are a few systems that seemed to rank well in this industry.

Basic System

Security cameras can be a part of an affordable home care solution. Keeping watch over your elderly parents can be a lot easier with a Zmodo Mini WiFi camera that you can view and control from any mobile phone or tablet which happens to be my first choice for indoor security cameras for homes because of its affordability and ease of implementing. At $39 a camera, the best thing about this security camera solution is that it’s affordable. The second best thing about this type of security camera is that they only take 5 minutes to set up. All you have to do is plug in the included power adapter, download the mobile app to your mobile phone or tablet and take a live picture of the QRC code located on the back of the camera with your mobile phone or tablet you wish to use.  Now, you’re connected with video and sound through your mobile device with live and playback video.  It’s also easy to share the video with other family members and caretakers with the password you can update at any time, allowing them to view the cameras from their own phones or tablets as well.

  • With a 115° field of view, you can use one camera to capture an entire room without ever having to pan or tilt.
  • Full 720p HD image quality – you can see clear and detailed images with this high resolution camera.
  • IR Night Vision – See what’s happening in the dark with automatic infrared lights that illuminate up to 19ft.
  • Easy and Quick Setup – plug in the camera and complete the network configuration in just minutes with the free Zmodo app.
  • Always Stay Connected, receive intelligent motion alerts right on your smartphone when motion is detected.

Mid Level

One of the best products available today that does all this and more is the Nest Cam, which costs $199, but if you want their video recording option, it’s an extra $100 per year for a 10-day video history, or $300/year for 30 days.

This system uses small wireless sensors (not cameras) placed in key areas in your super seniors home that can detect changes in her activity patterns, and will notify you via text message, email or phone call if something out of the ordinary is happening.

A great company that offers this technology is Silver Mother, which provides small sensors that you attach to commonly used household objects like her pillbox, refrigerator door, TV remote, front door, etc.

So, for example, if your mom didn’t pick up her pillbox to get her medicine or didn’t open the refrigerator door to make breakfast like she usually does, or if she left the house at a peculiar time you would be notified. You can also check up on her anytime you want online or through their mobile app. Silver Mother costs $299 for four sensors, with no ongoing monthly service fees.

There are many options out there, it just has to be the right system that fits your and your parents lifestyle and privacy.