“You are always free to choose what you do with your life. To make changes in your future, make new choices today.” – Brian Tracy
Identifying where to reside in our older years is not easy. Nearly all older adults choose to remain at home for a lifetime, but it is not without concerns. Will it be safe? What about mobility issues or any other physical limitations? What happens if a senior falls and can’t get up?
The good news is, there are a wide variety of senior technology tools that make aging in place feasible for older adults. Technology is regularly evolving and developing, offering solutions to the difficulties which could surface as we grow older. Just look at several of these tech devices and how they’re improving life at home for seniors!
Remote Patient Monitoring
Remote patient monitoring connects individuals with their doctors in groundbreaking ways: wearable devices to trace vital signs, smart pill bottles with sensors, bio-ingestible capsules older adults can swallow, even electronic tattoos that will assess the progression of pneumonia. It’s a step above telehealth appointments, providing more in-depth data on a person's medical condition than can be detected via a video chat.
Smart devices bring peace of mind to a senior living alone – and to the members of the family who love them. Seniors can choose from specific products that fulfill a particular need, such as a smart doorbell, door lock, or fire alarm, or entire smart security system with all of these features and much more.
Additionally, a smart speaker system such as Amazon Echo or Google Nest Audio works by voice command, a vital component to a home technology system. The older adult can simply say what they need, for example, calling for assistance, and technology takes care of it.
Whole Home Automation
For individuals who prefer to jump into technology with both feet, a central control system will allow for a variety of functions to be executed at the touch of a tablet or smartphone, such as lights, security camera systems, sensors, window shades, thermostat, music, Wi-Fi, and more.
Michael Miller, author of My Smart Home for Seniors, sums up the advantages of technology for seniors: “Technology helps all homeowners, but especially seniors, by automating things that are a pain or difficult to do.”
Of course, a human touch is definitely essential for independent and safe living at home, in spite of how many tech tools we utilize! Contact Amy’s Helping Hands, the Windsor, Ontario home care experts, at 519-915-4370 for a free in-home assessment to learn more about our customized in-home care support that helps seniors live life to the fullest.