Technological advances and the profusion of digital products have greatly facilitated senior care. An increasing number of older consumers are embracing gadgets and electronics, from phones to alarms, making day-to-day activities more convenient and feasible. Most adults would prefer to age in place-that is remain in their own home safely, independently and comfortably for as long as they can.
Here are a few tools available to provide a watchful eye and constant connection to help our older loved ones enhance their quality of life and age with grace:
Monitoring Systems: A number of high-tech monitoring systems are available on the market to ensure your loved ones’ safety even when you are not around. Some systems also monitor whether the house gets too warm or too cold, detects unusual activity in the home, like a shower left running, or a fridge that goes unopened for a day; and can trigger a phone call to you or a caregiver.
Sensible Sensors: To keep a watchful yet unobtrusive eye on loved ones, consider a tracking system that includes attaching sensors to everyday items, monitors their routines via the web or smartphone apps and alerts you if something seems out of ordinary.
Big-Button Cell Phones: Sometimes older people find it difficult to handle complicated cell mobile phones that have tiny buttons and too many features. Designed especially for older people, big-button mobile phones have bright screen easy-to-read numbers, big backlit buttons with extra loud speakers; health professionals and emergency services are just a call away. Read our article on the best mobile phone for older people.
Automatic Pill Reminders: As people age, they tend to be taking a variety of pills for various conditions. Failure to do so accounts for a high number of nursing home admissions. Electronic medication management gadgets help store a full month of medication and sound an alarm when it’s time to take them. These range from pillboxes with alarms and timers to services that send medication reminders by phone, e-mail or pager. Some devices will monitor the pillbox electronically and alert a dispatcher if the lid isn’t opened when t’s supposed to be.
Doorbell-Telephone Flashing Light-Signaler: If your loved ones are hard of hearing, a device that enables a ringing doorbell or phone to trigger a flashing light lets them know when they have a call or visitors have arrived. Some devices use blue tooth connectivity to stream phone calls directly to the hearing aid and can respond to voice commands and read e-mails and texts on its own.
House Cleaning Robots: A robotic vacuum cleaner not only cleans carpets and hard floors on its own but also learns the best paths for each room it tackles, cleaning every nook and corner. It even docks and charges itself. You may hire someone to clean your house as there are lightweight vacuum cleaners available too.
Medical Alert Systems: These handy devices come in all shapes and sizes, and have a single push button that alerts a call center when a person feels they are having a medical emergency. It also comes with automatic fall detection which senses when an aging adult has fallen down.
GPS-equipped soles: A great way to monitor your loved one’s location at any time especially if they suffer from memory loss. The GPS equipped sole slide into any shoe and keeps tabs via simple web apps accessible from computers or smartphones.
– Henry Kingston is a passionate blogger, loves writing as it’s his obsession. He has written on various topics like Healthcare, Home care for the elderly and about different other aspects of life. Currently, he is associated with 123 Home Care, providers of senior home care services. You can follow him on Twitter for more updates.
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