How Technology Can Help You Age In Place With Confidence
Here at Preferred HealthStaff, our at home caregivers do everything that they can to make aging in place more comfortable and less stressful than ever before. We also know that new technology can also help with this goal. If you’re a senior who has chosen to age in place or you’re somebody who knows one, you should understand which kinds of technological solutions can help someone age in place with confidence.
This is one area where electronics companies have made great strides lately. Wearable devices like the Apple Watch can offer a number of functions that benefits seniors and those who take care of them. Some devices can monitor heart rates, detecting a problem instantly and alerting an in home care provider or relative. In some cases, they can even detect a fall. If a senior with a wearable device like this needs assistance, their caregivers will know about it. Of course, this also includes simpler wearable devices that serve as emergency alert systems. Either type of device can be a great help for a senior aging in place.
A senior aging at home can be vulnerable to robbery, but modern security equipment can help greatly reduce that risk. Monitoring equipment like cameras, microphones, and motion sensors can all tell when someone is around that shouldn’t be. As an added bonus, these systems can also alert home care providers to issues quickly. Security devices can spot a senior who’s fallen or injured themselves, or one that just needs some help getting out of bed. A small investment in security can make a large difference.
Voice Controlled Devices
We’ve found that when people opt for home care services, voice controlled devices can actually help them maintain a bit more independence. An internet-connected speaker is generally easy to use and can offer alerts or updates that a person needs throughout their day. If a senior needs to take medication, a device like this will remind them. If they have an appointment to get to, a voice controlled device can handle that as well. A senior and their caregivers can be confident that no crucial medical needs are being ignored.
There are also apps out there that can help a senior as they go about their normal day. Some can remind people when they need to take their medication, which can be great for seniors who have many to keep track of. For the more active senior, other apps can track steps and other activities. If you’re trying to stay healthy and fit, you’ll find no shortage of help at the app store on your smartphone.
Everyone wants to be comfortable in their own home and smart thermostat technology can help. It can ensure that a senior’s home stays at a comfortable temperature at all times, without wasting energy or frequently requiring them to get up to manually mess with settings. A smart thermostat can even help seniors avoid certain health issues.
Obviously modern tech has come a long way and has a lot to offer anyone who opts for age in place home care. Contact us if you or a loved one wants to know more about services that can make aging in place easier.