Technologies that Help Aging Adults Stay Safe at Home

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Most aging adults are eager to maintain as much of their independence as they can for as long as possible. Whether your senior loved one is adamant about never entering an assisted living facility or is currently staying with you in your home, having the right technology on hand can greatly increase everyone’s peace of mind. In fact, there are a number of technological tools that can be used to promote safety at home for a senior.

Smart Lights

Installing smart lights in the home could save energy and money and help your loved one avoid falling in the dark and getting injured. Smart lights can be set to turn off and on automatically at certain times. They can also be connected to motion sensors, so if these lights are installed in your parent’s bedroom, they’ll turn on whenever he or she gets out of bed.

Hiring a professional caregiver is another way to reduce your loved one’s risk of fall-related injuries. Many older adults are choosing to age in place, and some need a helping hand to continue living at home safely and comfortably. Luckily, there is professional home care service seniors can trust and rely on.

Smart Appliances

Installing smart appliances in the home is a great way to avoid fires. These appliances will shut themselves off after high temperatures have been reached, even if there’s no one currently in the home. Temperature overrides and shutoff features can be found in a number of innovative oven designs, kitchen appliances, and irons.

Smart appliances can be especially useful for seniors with cognitive issues related to dementia. Aging in place can present a few challenges for seniors living with dementia. However, they can still live independently at home with the help of professional dementia care. Victoria families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide their elderly loved ones with mental and social stimulation, timely medication reminders, assistance with meal prep, and much more. Our caregivers are available around the clock to help your loved one live a happier and healthier life.

Fall Detection Sensors 

When providing care for a senior, falls and trips are a major concern. Fall detection sensors can be worn by seniors throughout the day so family members and emergency response teams can be promptly notified of accidents. These devices are generally low in cost, as are the monthly fees for the related monitoring services. These devices track factors such as user orientation, sway, and surface impact.

Health Sensors 

Much like fall detection sensors, these devices can notify others of possible harm to their elderly loved ones. They can also track blood pressure and blood oxygen saturation levels, lung sounds, and heart rate, which can be beneficial for seniors who are closely monitoring their vital signs.

Smartphones & Tablets 

With features like automatic voice dialing and one-touch emergency calls, these devices have become essential for aging adults. In addition to increasing accessibility and connectivity, they can also provide an array of health benefits. Seniors can use apps to track nutrition and exercise programs, manage their medications, and so much more. They even provide access to an array of exciting video games, which are great for promoting cognitive function.

Medication Dispensers 

Whether your loved one takes a few medications or multiple prescriptions, a medication dispenser can be a great tool to promote safety and prevent medication mix-ups or mistakes. A medication dispenser is an electronic device that uses alerts to inform the user when to take medication, and it will only dispense the pills that are necessary. When doses are missed, the unit can notify an appropriate contact person, such as a family member or in-home caregiver.

There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to manage if their families opt for professional senior care. Victoria families can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep their loved ones safe and comfortable while aging in place. If you need professional home care for your loved one, our Care Managers are just a phone call away. Reach out to Home Care Assistance today at (250) 592-4881.

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