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Choosing The Best Indoor Camera for Elderly Care: 5 Features to Look For

Read on to learn about how elderly care monitoring can help, including how elderly monitoring cameras can be used effectively and respectfully, and what features to look out for.

What are Elderly Monitors?

There’s no single ‘elderly care monitor’, but a range of different products that can be used to facilitate adequate care for elderly people.

What are some of the products to look out for to monitor for elderly people living alone?

IP Cameras

Though they won’t be linked to elderly monitoring centers like dedicated packages are, they can still be used to alert caregivers to falls and other problems through motion detection, push notifications, and audio detection.

AlfredCam plugged into a USB socket

Personal Emergency Response Pendant

A Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) are emergency medical alert devices that come in the shape of a necklace or wristband. The user wears it and presses the button on it to contact a 24/7 response team. 

The response team can contact next of kin from a contact list previously assigned, or have a dispatch team come straight to the wearer’s location. 

Room Monitors for Elderly

Room monitors for elderly people use voice recognition to function, much like how a Nest or Alexa speaker works. Rather than wearing the device, it’s placed somewhere in the room. 

Sleep Sensors

Sleep sensors are placed under bed posts to track vitals. They can alert caregivers if the person being monitored has been too long in or out of bed. 

Do it with respect and care

In general, consent of the observed party must be obtained and they must be aware that they are being observed. Prioritize kitchens and living rooms, areas that don’t violate their privacy that are also frequently occupied.

The laws around video monitoring in someone else’s home will vary depending on the state or country, so always check the relevant laws where you live. 

The Role of A Monitoring System

Managing caregiving can be difficult, especially when providing only part-time or informal care. Facilitating virtual care can be substantially easier with a monitoring system. Here’s how. 

1. Keep them company

Between rising living costs and time-consuming work lives, many people serving as primary caregivers for loved ones aren’t able to check in on them as often as they would like. 

Surveillance with two-way audio or dual-monitor features helps keep loved ones company even when life seems determined to permit it.

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2. Check that medication and meals are being taken

Caregivers can rest assured knowing that they can periodically check in on loved ones to make sure they aren’t forgetting meals or medication via a free camera app like AlfredCamera. And provide a gentle reminder through two-way talk.

3. Ensure no trips or falls

A video monitoring system for elderly ensures caregivers that no injuries have been sustained should phone calls be ignored.

In the unfortunate event that a fall or accident does happen, caregivers can be notified immediately through motion detection or tap into a live feed if they become anxious at unanswered calls.

First of all, thank you for this app, I watch my dad thru Alfred at home. I checked on him and thank God I did, he had fallen and wasn’t able to get up. I rushed home and got him his walker, and all was well.

AlfredCamera User

Hence, it’s a good idea to have devices positioned where there are stairs, as well as outside the bathroom. Kitchens can also be hazardous places for those living with limited mobility.

Choosing the Best Camera for Elderly Care: 5 Brilliant Features

When trying to find out what the best camera is for your elderly care needs, consider the following features.

1. Two-way communication

Conversations can be held through security cameras that have two-way audio, which is a common feature of IP cameras. 

The user can activate the paired device’s microphone, and the party on the other side of the device can talk to them through it. 

Pro Tip: How to Activate Two-Way Talk in AlfredCamera

AlfredCamera users can enjoy chatting with whoever is on the other side of the camera device. Activating it is easy.

From the camera device’s live feed, make sure that audio is turned on (tap the speaker icon in the right corner). At the bottom of the feed is a large microphone icon. Tap and hold it, and the user can speak through their viewing device. Let go when done talking.

alfredcamera app camera list screen
alfredcamera live stream screen
AlfredCamera makes talking back-and-forth through a camera device easy.
alfredcamera app two way talk

2. Push notifications

It’s neither practical nor respectful to observe live footage round-the-clock, which is why push notifications are essential. 

With push notifications enabled, the caregiver’s paired phone will be notified only when something requires their attention, like significant motion or even smoke alarms going off.

motion detections notification sent by AlfredCamera app
AlfredCamera’s Motion Detection push notification

3. Motion detection

Notifications that will be most important are ones triggered by motion detection. 

Motion detection sensitivity can be adjusted, and specific areas of the frame can sometime be allocated. If a fall were to happen in a doorway, for example, the user’s phone would be immediately notified.

AlfredCamera app Motion Detection Zone setting
From the settings, Premium users can allocate Detection Zones (specific areas in the frame that trigger recording).
AlfredCamera app Motion Detection Schedule setting
From the settings, Premium users can allocate Schedules (specific times that motion detection is enabled and disabled).

4. Internet compatibility

Without an IP camera, say goodbye two-way audio, push notifications, and motion detection. 

If the person being cared for doesn’t have a Wi-Fi connection, some cameras, including AlfredCamera devices, support data provided by a SIM card. 

Either way, it’s essential that the camera can connect to the internet for reliable elderly care monitoring.

5. Ease of use

If the monitored party doesn’t want to be viewed for a while, they should be able to easily turn off the device. Likewise, the app that the camera interfaces with should be simple and streamlined. 

It can be set up in minutes, and there is no limit to how many devices can be added.

Build a Video Monitoring System for Elderly in the Home

AlfredCamera was built with the intention to be a viable security option for everyone, regardless of financial circumstance and tech expertise. 


1. Identify areas that need monitoring

Healthcare professionals will be able to suggest areas of the house that are hazardous, and may even examine a property after a person has had surgery or been discharged from a healthcare facility. Prioritize places regularly occupied, like the kitchen and the living room. The staircase can be dangerous for those living with limited mobility.

2. Prepare and pose devices

A process of trial-and-error will dictate where it is best to pose devices, so be willing to experiment a little over time. Users can combine an unlimited number of Alfred compatible devices, whether that’s old phones or the AlfredCam hardware security camera, at no extra cost.

3. Test two-way talk

4. Allocate Motion Detection Zones

5. Enable person-based AI detection

Users are always finding interesting ways to implement Alfred in their lives, and caregiving has been one such area. The team is proud that the app has been useful for caregivers across the globe. 

Here’s what users are saying.

‘I use Alfred Camera to care for my Mom. She has fallen 3 times in the last several months and I have peace of mind to keep an eye on Mom’

‘First of all, thank you for this app, I watch my dad thru Alfred at home. I checked on him and thank God I did, he had fallen and wasn’t able to get up. I rushed home and got him his walker, and all was well.’

‘My dad has dementia, and he tries to escape from the house. I use the cameras to help me keep up with him. Thus helping me keep him safe.’

Outdoor Security Camera for Elderly People?

Some degree of outdoor security might be considered by seniors and caregivers in addition to indoor cameras. 

Entrance ways with steps or porches can be particularly hazardous, for instance, so should be monitored either through a window or on the outside of the property. 

Some of the features to look out for when considering outdoor security cameras for elderly care differ from indoor ones. The best outdoor security cameras are:


How can I monitor my elderly parents at home?

Monitoring elderly parents at home will involve a mix of older devices, like personal alarm wristbands and necklaces, alongside  surveillance cameras with two-way audio. This provides a greater level of security for the person being monitored and allows caregivers to check in when they need to most.

Can I use a baby monitor for elderly?

A baby monitor can be used to monitor elderly folks. ‘Nanny cams’, simply because of how they are marketed, are often cheaper than ‘elderly monitoring’ cameras, even though they perform the same functions.

An audio-only baby monitor would be insufficient, because being able to view real time footage is essential to keeping them safe.


No amount of technology can replace the effectiveness of an in-person caregiver. But full-time informal care isn’t always a viable option for families, nor is it always necessary.

Technology can bridge the gaps, and there are plenty of options for high-end and low-end monitoring systems that can help keep loved ones safe.

Everyone deserves to feel safe in their home. Installing surveillance cameras can be a very effective means of achieving this for the most vulnerable people.