As much as we want to, we can’t keep an eye on our elderly loved ones 24/7. Work takes up a lot of our day. We can’t be there physically until our shift ends.
Thankfully, technology now allows us to monitor them from afar.
Ring’s doorbell camera came in handy when a 92-year-old woman named Gigi, who has advanced-stage Alzheimer’s disease, wandered from her home in Franklin Park, New Jersey.
When she got out of her house alone one day, her granddaughter’s Ring doorbell captured the moment. Gigi wandered around their suburban neighborhood, unnoticed.
Wilmar, an Amazon delivery driver, was also in the area at the time. He saw Gigi and stopped by to help her.
“I was delivering and I saw this older lady was walking by,” he recalled. “She waved at me, which isn’t an odd occurrence, people wave at you all the time as an Amazon driver. But she was waving at me like something happened.”
He pulled over and checked to make sure everything was okay. The medical alert bracelet included her name, information, and who to contact.
Wilmar called Karen, Gigi’s granddaughter, who gave him her home address. She was going to pick up her mom at the doctor, but once she gave him her address, he drove Gigi back home.
The moment was captured on the home’s doorbell camera. Wilmar parked his car in front of the house and lifted Gigi from the van, just like his grandmother. Wilmar led Gigi inside the house, and then waved goodbye.
“I was able to flip on my Ring camera and watch them come into the driveway,” Karen said. “It gave us that extra layer of comfort and relief that we could see everything, that she was safe, she was where she needed to be.”
Karen thanks Wilmar for going “above and beyond.” She’s also grateful that her grandma was wearing the medical alert bracelet and they live in a neighborhood with a close-knit community that have each other’s backs.
Gigi was also comforted by the caretaker she had in her life, a man she trusted.
”It made me feel safe that she was taken care of by somebody who’s been to my home, somebody that had a connection to the house and the family,” Karen said.
The Good Samaritan considers him a part the community where he delivers and believes that keeping the neighborhood safe should be one of his responsibilities.
“I think it’s very important that the community looks out for one another. If something happens, you can see it and say something. You just wanna make sure that your neighbors are safe, everybody’s happy. It benefits all as long as we’re all contributing,” he said.
Gigi isn’t the only family member in Karen’s household who suffers from dementia; her father is also living with the condition. Karen is grateful for any assistance she can get.
“Help” includes the doorbell cameras she has installed all over her home that give her peace of mind, especially when she’s not around to watch them.
Gigi and her father have long forgotten how to use a telephone, and the devices allow Karen and them to communicate.
Kudos to this delivery driver for coming to Gigi’s rescue! In the video below, Wilmar brings her grandma home after she wanders off.
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