It can be hard to trust other people to take care of your parents. A wireless camera lets you check on them at any time, and if you get one with continuous recording, you can go back to check video footage at any time.
But putting a camera in a nursing home room isn't an automatic right in most states. Only Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington currently allow families to install cameras in nursing home rooms, but you still need to get your parent's consent first.5
In every other state, it's up to each facility to craft their own camera rules. If you decide to ignore any anti-camera policies, the evidence you collect might not hold up in court.
View our lineup of best wireless cameras to explore options.
Video calling is a great way to connect with your loved one when you can't be there in person. It also lets you see their body language and surroundings so you can pick up on subtle clues that something's not right. Plus, your loved one will be comforted by seeing your face too—something that's lacking in a traditional security camera.
One of our favorite video calling devices is the Amazon Echo Show. If your parent experiences limited mobility or forgetfulness, set up the "drop in" feature to have calls automatically connect. Learn more about the Echo Show in our full Amazon Alexa guide.
AngelSense is another gadget that lets you drop in to hear what's going on at any given moment. If your loved one is at risk of wandering away from the nursing home, this device can also track their location to find them quickly.
There's also an SOS button that your parent can press to call your cell phone. But this can be both a blessing and a curse—your loved one might forget to use it, feel too embarrassed to use it, or even use it too often. In short, don't rely on that feature alone.