Kim Komando, a journalist in our local paper, reviewed some of the latest safety gadgets to preserve and protect your parents independence.
Take web cams, for instance. Buy matching models with panning and tilting features and hook up to Skype for inexpensive monitoring.
You may want to opt for a security camera which provides viewing and/or email and text alerts.
Or a two-way intercom may fit your bill. Consider senior-friendly cell phones, panic buttons or personal emergency response systems.
Microsoft's HealthVault or Honey HomMed's Sentry Telehealth Monitor downloads vital health statistics where they can be scrutinized before health related issues escalate.
Think about home security alternatives.
Ms Komando further suggests complete systems such as eNeighbor, QuietCare and SimplyHome (all with monthly fees and usually supervised by professionals) for additional instruments to ensure the well-being of your loved ones and peace of mind for you.
Finally, check health insurance policies to determine if any of these expenses can be covered.