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AVOID FALLS: Learn the facts. Take the pressure of the NHS. #StayHomeStaySafe

March 29, 2020

NHS.UK: Anyone can have a fall, but older people are more vulnerable and likely to fall, especially if they have a long-term health condition.

1 in 3

Falls are a common, but often overlooked, cause of injury. Around 1 in 3 adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year, and about half of these will have more frequent falls.

Most falls do not result in serious injury. But there’s always a risk that a fall could lead to broken bones, a visit to A&E and it can cause the person to lose confidence, become withdrawn, and feel as if they have lost their independence.

In the UK, falls are the most common cause of injury related deaths in people over the age of 75.

According to data released by NHS Digital nearly 100,000 older people (aged 65+) suffered hip fractures in 2017/18 .

If you think falls are a normal part of ageing, don’t mention it to Professor Julia Newton. She’s one of the lead educators on Newcastle University’s free online course “Ageing Well: Falls.” She explains that people of all ages fall over – but the effects on older people are much worse.

Over the next few months we’re staying at home, shielding people from COVID19 infection so it’s worth looking at what we can do at home:

What can I do to prevent a fall?

Stay active

As we get older, our muscle strength and balance reduces, which can lead to a fall. Exercises designed to improve muscle strength can reduce your risk of a fall by improving your posture, coordination and balance. 

#StayHomeStaySafe. How do I make my home fall-proof?

Many slips, trips and falls happen in or around the home. Keeping an eye out for potential hazards can make your home a safer place. Making some simple changes around your home can make a real difference. Here are our 3 top tips:

  1. Rugs and mats at the top or bottom of the stairs are a trip hazard and can easily lead to a fall, so it’s a good idea to move them out of the way.
  2. Install a night light near the bed to make sure if you wake up in the night you can see where you’re going. You can install a motion-activated light that comes on as needed. 
  3. Remove trip hazards like trailing wires, clutter and rugs. Also, try and avoid glass furniture as it can be harder to see and may cause a stumble. 

Choose the right shoes

Problems with your feet or shoes can affect your balance and increase your risk of tripping or falling. Talk to your doctor about any foot issues.

These footwear tips can help you feel more confident on your feet:

  • Make sure your shoes fit well and don’t have a tendency to slip off.
  • Well-cushioned shoes offer comfort and support.
  • Avoid sandals with little support and shoes with high heels.
  • Wear slippers that have a good grip and that fasten and stay on properly.
  • Always wear shoes or slippers, and never walk indoors in bare feet, socks or tights.

To learn more about avoiding falls, a specific falls programme, visit the Age UK website to get more information about strength and balance training.

Improve your balance. Get Trained. Learn the Facts. Links and Downloads.

I’ve collected some information some pdfs that you can view and if you want to you can then download and a link to a free online course.

Sign up to Professor Julia Newton’s Online training course, free on FutureLearn, just click here to join Ageing Well: Why Older People Fall. Explore why older people fall, discover practical methods to reduce the risk of falling …and recognise when to seek help.

Click here to read and download the pdf booklet Get Up and Go booklet with exercises to help with balance and mobility and tips to help prevent falls.
Click to view the Age UK booklet pdf. A really good set of simple but effective exercises to improve your balance and simple to do at home.

5 Steps to an Ageless Garden

January 28, 2020
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Spring is my favourite time of year. I love stepping outside and spotting a clump of green shoots that have just pierced through the dark wet soil. One day a branch is brown, next morning there are buds swelling and leaves peeping through… and then comes the knock-out scent of daffodils and hyacinths on the cool air.

Plants and sniffing the air in a garden just makes me happy, gardening keeps me physically active and leaves me feeling energized and connected. Seeing all of those clumps of snowdrops this time of year urges me to get out there and tidy up the mounds of dead leaves in corners, and clear the way for the crocuses.

As we age, or if we lose mobility, gardening and enjoying the garden can be important therapeutic factors in health and wellness.

Gardening can bring us food and exercise, and keep our minds sharp as we age. Learning to adapt to changing physical, familial and social situations is key to continuing to garden into our retirement years.

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Last week I spoke to Jonathan Kemp, horticulturalist and garden designer about how a garden can be designed to make it accessible and beautiful.

I asked Jonathan about his work designing gardens and how he addresses the needs for anyone who has reduced or mobility issues or is at an age when they want to have their own ageless garden. Jonathan has designed many gardens here in my area of South West London and he is well loved. Not only is he is a brilliant plantsman who cares passionately about his clients, but he’s thoughtful in his design and he is a great listener. Jonathan told me that he is driven by his “fascination with plants” and his belief that:

“…even the most simple of gardens can hugely add to someone’s quality of life.”

Jonathan’s 5 Steps to an ageless, accessible garden:

1. Make it easy to maintain

“Make sure you have enough ground cover plants – smother the soil to stop weeds and help stop seeds germinating

Start phasing out herbaceous plants and plant with evergreen or shrubs, they require far less work.

Avoid anything fast-growing because you want minimise pruning back more than twice a year.”

In my garden I have a fantastic low maintenance Sarcococca Confusa or sweet box, a compact evergreen shrub with simple, leathery leaves and tiny, very fragrant creamy-white flowers starting in December through to spring, at the same time as shiny black berries – berries that can last until the next winter.

Jonathan Kemp’s planting suggestions for a low maintenance garden:

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2. Consider raised beds.

“Raised beds are a massive project and they are costly, you have to dig up all your plants and replant at the new high level that’s on top of building the raised bed. If you don’t replant but increase the soil around an existing shrub or tree it will rot and die.

Brick is expensive, rendered blocks is the cheaper option and give you a nice clean look, an you can even consider adding dye to the render to give you a maintenance free colour.

©Jonathan Kemp: Garden Verve raised beds

Wooden “railway sleepers” measure 200mm by 100mm. Stack two on top of each other on their sides so that takes you to 400mm.

Then lay the top one flat. It will overhang by 100mm and allows it to  be used as a seat, a perch and at 500mm that is a nice height to sit at. Or if you are in a wheelchair to put cup of tea.

We always use new ones – softwood pine spruce or hard wood oak. I personally don’t think there’s much in it, but oak moves and twists and has character.

Old Sleepers were creosoted which means that on a hot day the tar will soften, be very sticky to touch and will stain. Fine if you have a large country garden and have areas that you won’t be touching or leaning against.”

Raised bed planting:

Plant bushes and slow growing plants with lots of scented flowers. If your eyesight is failing scent is very important, feature plants with a rustle, and leaves with a nice to the touch too.

In my garden I love the soft-to-the-touch lamb’s ears, Stachys byzantine “silver carpet” and the sound of the hairy, black seed pods of my Broom plants, they crack as they explode on a hot summer’s day.

Jonathan Kemp’s planting suggestions for raised bed planting:

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3. Plan your garden paths.

“Look at how you move around the garden paths, every height differentiation is a potential trip hazard. Any changes in level should be a smooth transition. And consider the width of the path – would a zimmer frame fit? Could you walk comfortably with a stick by your side?

Or completely redesign your garden to accommodate wheelchair use”

4. To mow or not to mow?

For a low maintenance garden, Jonathan always considers two options – laying an artificial lawn or building a courtyard garden.

A few months ago I filmed a video testimonial given by one of Jonathan’s clients – she was so happy with her transformed garden that she commissioned it as a thank you. The biggest life changer was the maintenance free, natural looking lawn. 

I was impressed with the lawn as I didn’t realise it was synthetic at first, and we didn’t talk about it until I filmed the testimonial.

I just thought what a nice garden!

“Be careful which product you use and there is a right way to lay it – it has a front and back. I do come across some disasters, you can get it wrong when the grass fibres point in a particular direction.”

Anna Jezuita
Low maintenance garden designed by Jonathan Kemp featuring an artificial lawn.

5. Courtyard Garden

“With an artificial grass or with a courtyard you will have a garden all year round and won’t be banished during the wet winter months. There is a big variation in price in the range of stone paving. To soften the look leave out sections and plant ground cover herbs, such as thyme, they smell great when you brush past the leaves or walk over a plant.”

©Jonathan Kemp Garden Verve courtyard garden design

Setting out and transforming your garden to a space that you can enjoy all year round and from year to year is a big undertaking. From what I have seen of the gardens that Jonathan has designed, I would say that the benefits of using a designer who is a horticulturalist is a game changer. But the most important thing, I think, is to work with someone like Jonathan who is experienced and can guide you, he’s seen his designs mature over the years.

Planning an accessible, ageless garden is daunting but exciting and working with a horticulturalist means you will get the garden to work for you. With the right design and planting your garden space can become your haven and with good design and careful thought somewhere that is accessible for years to come.

You can visit Jonathan’s website click here: Garden Verve

For more garden inspiration visit my Instagram account @buildmumahouse

Turn the lights on with a wide rocker…!

September 5, 2019

They were all the rage in the 1970’s and have proved to be spot on after your 70’s. I’m talking wide rockers, wide light switch rockers.

I installed MK Logic Plus wide rocker switches in my mum’s house and they have proved to be a delight for her to use. Easy on her arthritis…and as they are MK they have an light, smooth but positive switch action. Last year they went in at number 7  in  my Top 10 items in a forever home.

BUT I just didn’t realise how much of crush I had developed on my mum’s light switches over the last year…

…until my son moved into a 1970’s built flat.

I went all swoonie over his light switches. Super wide rockers, the type that you can switch on with the palm of your hand, almost as big as a polaroid picture. Needless to say I went home and by midnight had located them on Ebay.

 

Tenby Clipper switches as found on Ebay

Tenby Clipper wide rockers as seen on Ebay

They’re big, bright and easy to use and the rocker has a nice tactile texture on the surface….great when you’re trying to find the light switch in the dark.

Then the text arrived that changed all of that.

Sleek and Chic JUNG Switch Classic LS 990

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My son did a bit of a dig around and found these: Jung wider rocker switches, sleek, tactile and in a massive range of colours.

Jung wide rocker

He’s using primary colours in his new flat and has chosen these Le Corbusier colour palette JUNG – totally unique.

The light switch is called the JUNG Switch Classic LS 990 and it comes in the 63 original Les Couleurs® Le Corbusier. I’m going to have to do a separate post on Corbusier colours so watch this space, but in the meantime what is so special about his colour system is that each of the 63 colours that JUNG Classic LS 990 switches come in can be combined with any other in Corbusier’s colour system.

JUNG Switch Classic LS 990 Corbusier Colours

This is so fantastic for anyone at any age – it opens up so many design possibilities and a lot of fun as Corbusier JUNG light switches also match the KEIM colour palette. KEIM paints are totally natural, water-borne, liquid silicate paints with an extremely durable, colourfast, sustainable protective finish environmentally friendly and formulated to ensure a longlife, colourfast, protective finish with low maintenance.

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Keim colour palettes

Lightness coefficients: When colour provides safe navigation.

When it comes to accessibility, the colour concept should also take into account that some people may have restricted vision and perception of colour. By using high-contrast colours of different saturation and lightness levels may help to improve navigation and perception of space.

According to the DIN 32975 Standard for “designing of visual information in the public area for accessible use”, particular contrast values have to be taken into account. To calculate them and to select the desired colour combination, the lightness coefficients of the respective shades are required.

This means that you can pick a light switch colour that will give you a visual contrast between switch and background making navigation within the room easier: perfect for making your home ageproof or providing accessibility but fitting in with your personal style.

But what I love about these switches is that they feel like a quality product when you use them, the screws are obscured and you have a  functional object that looks sleek and chic. The finish is a matt because these switches have been handpainted using a special process. No need to compromise on your style just so that you can build your age proof home.

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Find more Corbusier colours and JUNG switches on Buildmumahouse Pinterest. Installation of Jung switches is a bit baffling as there are visible no screws, visit my YouTube channel for instructions  https://youtu.be/QTf2ePYa4X0.

Look no wires! Qmotion Automated blinds.

April 2, 2019

I first saw the Qmotion blinds at Decorex and went WOW! I need. I want. I love them! If you’re into nets and curtains you won’t get it but if you like the streamlined look of a sheer blind in the day or a blackout blind at night, you’re going to get why these are great.

 

c) QMotion

 

I’m 5 foot nothing much and can’t reach the “acorn” on the sprung roller blinds behind the sink in the kitchen. I wobble around bedroom furniture to get to the strings on the side of the IKEA blind. I love the idea of an automated blind system to solve these problems for me.

Qmotion blinds break the mould in automated blinds and shades. These are motorised blinds that are controlled wirelessly and don’t need to be 240v hard wired in for their power.

The Qmotion System

They’re battery powered and designed to be quieter, smoother, more efficient and sleeker than any other automated blinds out there. The inventor Willis Mullet worked in the top end of the automated American garage door industry for years so he knows a thing about smooth mechanics…if it works for all of those little red Corvettes out there it works for me.

This is what he came up with: D cell batteries, mechanism, springs and counterbalances all located in the actual roller part of the blind. Not much fatter than an average roller blind. Quiet, smooth mechanism. Point a remote control or even your iphone at the blind and it smoothly and quietly rolls up and down.

Qmotion demo at Decorex

Qmotion is perfect for me and perfect for anyone who wants easy to use blinds and doesn’t want the hassle and cost of getting an electrician to wire the electrics and then a decorator to tidy up the walls. This is a huge plus for anyone with reduced mobility who doesn’t want the upheaval of a building project just to have some blinds that make their life a bit easier.

Once installed, the batteries powering the blind should last 5 years with average use. The roller has been designed so that once you need to change the batteries you don’t have to remove the roller from the bracket. And if you want to get your hands on the blind there is a manual over ride so you can tug at the blind and it smoothly snaps back to its previous position.

Qmotion automated blinds

Qmotion battery enclosure, the batteries and controls are all inside the roller behind a clip off cover.

So you don’t worry about the mechanism or the installation. You can spend all of your efforts on selecting fabric and colours to match your room, your taste and your lifestyle. On the website there are nearly 600 fabrics to choose from and you can order free swatches either from your supplier or from Qmotion directly.

Some of the fabric choices from Qmotion

My instagram is full of colours go to https://www.instagram.com/buildmumahouse/?hl=en and get inspired!

Go to Pinterest for lots of blinds and shades inspiration and links https://uk.pinterest.com/Buildmumahouse/buildmumahouse-blinds-and-shades/

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The Walk In Shower Solution That Helps You Keep your Independence in Style.

March 26, 2019
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Where can you find a non- slip, walk in shower that can be fitted quickly, in awkward spaces, without major disruption and LOOKS FANTASTIC? Have a look at the Fiora Elax shower trays that will surprise you as they aren’t actually a tray as we know it!

I recently discovered this Spanish shower room manufacturer – Fiora. I love their modern classic styling and high quality production and their company goal that sums up everything I look for in a bathroom product

“all our work must not lose sight of its main goal, which is that its use must improve the everyday life of people”

and I think that they follow through their belief that their range of bathroom products are designed to offer

“…multiple and diverse solutions.”

That’s exactly what I’m looking for in a walk in shower, good design, style, high quality and a product that is age proof and can be suitable for anyone with reduced mobility.

The Fiora Elax range looks fantastic, the styling is high end and very urban. It’s a shame that the catalogues emphasis glass walls and are focused only on the able bodied, there’s no reference to the installation of a shower seat or that they actually do cater for the needs of aging or arthritic joints.

It’s Not a Walk In Shower Tray – it’s a Mat!

I think that the Fiora Elax walk-in shower system is a solution worth considering for anyone looking for a shower tray that is non-slip, has a ‘give’ underfoot, warm to touch, and soft to stand on.

 

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The shower tray is made of a flexible material that has a “give” making standing less tiring and it is warm to the touch – ideal for arthritic feet

 

 

 

 

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The surface is rated at group 2 non-slip which means that it is a surface that is non-profiled (sleek) and has an even surface with a gritty texture.

 

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and all of this is made possible because this tray arrives as a rolled up mat!

 

 

The shower tray mat comes in a range of tasteful colours which can be selected to contrast or blend in with the bathroom floor. Because this tray can be fitted level with the floor, which helps mobility issues, you can combine texture, warmth and a contrasting colour to help users with impaired vision.

 

The Perfect Solution for an En Suite Walk In Shower.

One of the problems about installing a walk in shower as an en suite without tearing the whole house apart, is that the shower needs to fit in with what space already exists. This is often a very big issue when you are installing a shower for someone who doesn’t want their home disrupted, and who isn’t feeling up to be part of a major building project.

This shower tray can fit practically anywhere. The material can be easily cut to size and shape using a knife. If you are planning to fit a shower seat you still need to look for a suitable wall to attach it to… but Fiora Elax shower tray mat can be cut and trimmed to size and shape that’s how it can fit most places.

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Easy Access Shower Replacing a Bath?

It’s worth mentioning at this point that Fiora also make a range of matching and complimentary wall panels that take out some of the headache of ripping out the bath and installing a walk in shower.

Remove the old bath. Position the panels horizontally to cover the area where the untiled walls from behind the bath are exposed. Fit the shower drainage system and and lay the Fiora Elax mat to cover the footprint of the old bath.

Horizontal PANELS replacing a bath with an easy access shower

The Fiora Elax shower tray mat works like any other walk in shower tray, there are a range of stainless steel drainage grates and there are a lot of installation guides on their website. For more looks from Fiora have a look at my Instagram page buildmumahouse.

I would love to hear your comments, tips or your experiences of installing walk in showers, its such a popular thing to do these days and there are loads of people looking to share their experiences, do post them here on the Buildmumahouse blog.

 

 

 

Electronic surveillance systems. Are you spying on your parents or just keeping an eye out for them?

June 12, 2017
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A friend’s mum fell in her garden and couldn’t get up, she lay there for hours before anyone knew of her situation.

A workman cleaning a 95 year old’s gutters asked for a glass of water, followed my relative to the kitchen. His accomplice ran upstairs and ransacked the bedrooms.

A family friend collapsed in the shower and couldn’t call for help, her newly renovated home was flooded and ruined. She had to move out.

Very real and frightening stories for anyone who has a relative who wants to stay living independently, at home. And you have a full time job. And you don’t live with your parents.

How can we keep an eye out for someone without being there? How can elderly people keep their independence safe in the knowledge that if something happens their carers can be alerted? I have recently been thinking about this.

Do you remember those baby monitors that you could buy in Mothercare to listen to your baby asleep upstairs? Battery powered, with walkie talkie aerials (and just as crackly). In the 90’s they were the height of techno sophistication, showed off at family gatherings, placed pride of place on the dining table. We would all be suddenly shushed during the meal because sister-in-law thought she had heard a gurgle on the airwaves.

Playskool 1987 baby monitor

We’ve grown up, our kids have grown up and now we’re considering parent monitoring.

In the USA there are service providers of round the clock interactive telecaregiver monitoring

At its offices in Lafayette, Ind., telecaregiver Cady sits before two large computer screens. On one, you can see the Fitzgeralds in Savannah, eating their dinner as Cady chats with them.

There are also thumbnail video images of two-dozen other homes, which Cady will check in with over the course of her shift. If one client signals for help, that image pops up larger. Children of her clients can log into the same video Cady watches and monitor their parents themselves.

Telecaregiver can remind people to take their medication at a certain time. They can alert a relative if someone appears confused or in distress. They can help with the simple tasks of daily life, like the time a client was about to sit down to breakfast.

The telecaregiver zoomed in on the frying pan and said, ‘Maybe you ought to cook the sausage and the eggs a little longer. The eggs look kind of runny and the sausage is pink,’

Fast forward to the High Street of 2017.

I popped into Maplins last weekend and on display there’s so much more than baby monitoring. Just as we had easy-to-use baby monitors, the high street shops are offering home DIY video and sensor monitoring for your home and pets. The new generation home monitoring systems don’t rely on a specialized installer or a contract monitoring alarm system. This is plug and play. Easy to set up technology with audio and video capability is now available at a realistic price.

Home monitoring systems are being sold as a way of protecting your property, keeping an eye on the postman, capturing burglars, seeing what your pets get up to during the day. They are triggered by motion sensors and can even be used to turn on lights or even your heating.

There’s now a vast array of home monitoring systems, linking high definition indoor and outdoor cameras to you mobile phone, computer or tablet. With or without an app. Via wifi or dect. Wired or wireless. Day and night vision.

Video and audio monitoring is now standard, a siren can be activated remotely from your device and some allow a two way conversation between you remotely and the subject of the camera.

Huffington Post summed up how these diy home monitoring systems can be used as  parent monitors keeping tabs on an elderly parent …”

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-t-miller/how-to-keep-tabs-on-an-el_b_8954044.html

…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 and could check on her. You can also check up on her anytime you want online or through a mobile app…

Looking at the range on display on the High Street what caught my eye is the Panasonic Home Safety range of monitors. Right there in Streatham High Road was everything for carers to keep an eye on parents and allow them to stay living independently at home.

The Panasonic Home Monitoring Display in my High Street

Panasonic Home safety range, like many others on the market has a monitor for windows and doors that alerts you when they are opened or closed. You can use this to check on your parents’ daily routine without feeling that you are invading their privacy. Or you can monitor their house for burglars. All from your smartphone.

There are indoor or outdoor monitors that not only transmit video images and audio to you but this range will allow you to speak to the person in the room or at the outside door that you are monitoring. Panasonic videos suggest you use this feature to tell the postman to deliver your parcel to the neighbours when you are out. With an elderly parent you can install this feature to keep an eye on whose at the front door and what they are up to.

Watch your Pets from Work

There are motion detectors that switch on lights when activated, this doesn’t need selling hard as everyone can do with lights coming on automatically to light the stairs or the path to the bathroom at night.

But for me the key differentiator is the water monitor. This is such a great idea for passively keeping an eye on someone’s home where there is the potential of a flooding risk, perhaps someone with early onset dementia symptoms, or prone to forgetfulness when running a bath or sink or shower. Catching a bathroom flood can save damage to a home or could indicate a fall or someone who has been taken unwell in the shower room. It allows you to act in time.

 

Using home monitoring systems as a parent monitor will transform how we can remotely care for an elderly or unwell person. As the carer you could feel that you have set up a care plan that involves you, is relatively low cost and gives 24 hour coverage.

I haven’t actually tested this system, so I can’t comment on how effective any of this is. None of the home monitoring systems seem to have considered the needs of caregivers in their advertising so for now its all about being creative with making these home systems work for your needs.

HOWEVER,

The video cameras are always switched on and walking around your home you can be viewed remotely, without knowing, at any time night or day.

On-line discussion forums have heated debates about how much we should intrude on parents’ privacy. Certainly all of this should be done with your parents’ consent. I’ve read discussions about carer’s personal experiences about where cameras and motion detectors have been put up. The most popular and the locations that are the least contentious seem to be

  • Rogue callers: by the front door pointing to the opening with a clear view to check on callers
  • To check on falls: low level motion activated cameras in the living spaces, the bedroom or bathroom. Motion activated lighting: to turn lights on to prevent falls in low light- walk past a motion sensor and a light is switched on. Monitoring the garden, looking out of a window to check on falls outdoors in the garden as well as keeping an eye on security.
  • Flooding: Water monitors placed in the bathroom by the bath or shower.

 

5 Points to Consider

 

  1. You need to have wi-fi up and running. Some systems use wifi to relay the data you will have to consider putting your parent on a wi-fi plan if they don’t have one already. This may be a cost that you will need to cover.
  2. Always update to the latest firmware and change the password. “This is to announce that firmware has updated for improvement of the cybersecurity vulnerability. To provide the highest levels of security, we recommend you to upgrade the firmware for your products.”
  3. Respect your parent’s privacy and think and a discussion about where you will position cameras. Alternatively there are some very good systems that only rely on motion sensors and give you a feel for changes to a routine.
  4. Storage. Check out costs of storing the footage. Some systems use a cloud storage for the video and charge for the service, some systems have a memory card in the hub and there will be no extra costs.
  5. Plan and agree on network of people who can help when you need to raise the alarm.

 

But is this amount of monitoring, snooping on your parents, is this an invasion of their privacy? What do you think?