Video doorbells have become the doorbells of choice over the past few years. During the pandemic, many people working from home found that a video doorbell was a helpful way to see who was at the front door without having to get up from a Zoom call or interrupt their work. As video doorbells have become more and more popular, their usefulness for older adults has grown more apparent.
The latest innovations in video doorbells are great for seniors who have mobility issues or don’t want to open their front doors when they’re home alone. In addition, some video doorbell systems allow other family members or caregivers who may not be in the senior’s home to view who’s at the door, easing concerns about security and safety and allowing the remote family member to communicate directly with visitors on behalf of an older loved one.
If you’re considering a video doorbell for your older adult, however, ensure their Wi-Fi system is strong enough to support whichever option you choose. If not, you may need to install an extender to boost the existing Wi-Fi.
Video doorbell options
The simplest and easiest-to-use video doorbell is the best idea for some seniors who aren’t tech-savvy or aren’t comfortable with smartphones or cloud-based voice systems such as Alexa or Google Home. Others who enjoy technology and want to be connected to their neighbors and community might enjoy the more sophisticated available options.
Note that some systems require an additional fee for a subscription service, so be sure to consider these costs when you budget for the doorbell system for your older adult.
The basic option for the Blink Video Doorbell includes a motion sensor and two-way audio through a smartphone app or Alexa system. However, the lower price means a smaller image and no option to view the front door area unless the doorbell is rung. Still, this system will offer just enough security for many seniors to make them feel safe at home. Also, without many options or controls, it may also be the easiest to use.
The Arlo Essential Wired Video Doorbell works with your existing doorbell system. The upgraded secure plan monthly fee of $2.99 starts after a three-month trial. The doorbell communicates with the resident’s smartphone via the Arlo app, but it can also be used with Alexa, Google Home and other systems. This video doorbell includes an emergency siren for when your older adult feels uncomfortable with who they see at the front door, and the paid subscription includes video capture for more security.
Most bells and whistles
This is the top-of-the-line Ring doorbell system, and the accompanying Ring Protect Plan allows you to save videos and images for just $3 per month. The Ring Doorbell Pro 2 includes color night vision, 3D motion detection, and a wide range of 150-degree vertical and horizontal views. The system is hardwired through your existing doorbell, eliminating the need for charging, which can be helpful if your senior lives alone, and the Ring systems all work with Alexa products. And for those times when your senior would prefer not to answer the door, the Ring Protect Plan includes automated greetings.
The eufy Security Video Doorbell only needs recharging every four months, making it one of the longest-lasting wireless battery-powered doorbells on the market. If you prefer, you can hardwire it instead. It includes a motion sensor, smart human detection, and activity zones, so you have lots of control over what your loved one can see and hear through the video camera. The eufy is compatible with both Alexa and Google Home systems.
A video doorbell is increasingly becoming a smart addition to a senior’s home. Just be sure to choose one they’ll be comfortable using and won’t cause them frustration and anxiety.