With an ever-increasing life expectancy due to improving healthcare and medicine, the world is seeing more and more people reach their golden years. Nowadays, more retirees are choosing to age in place, rather than live out their life in a nursing home. While nothing beats the comfort of your own home, however, it should be noted that standard homes tend to lack the facilities that hospitals or nursing homes are equipped with. Luckily, advancements in technology have made senior home care much easier. Let’s take a look at some modern tech items that are helping the aging generation make life at home more comfortable and safe.
Automatic Pill Dispensers
As we age, we tend to require an alarming number of pills for a myriad of health issues. Unfortunately, aging also brings confusion and forgetfulness, which can cause someone to forget their dose, take a double dose, or take a pill at the wrong time. Pill dispensers can make life easier for seniors and caregivers alike. These dispensers help seniors remain independent for longer, as it dispenses specific pills based on the patient's specific schedule.
If privacy is a serious concern, a sensor may be the way to go. Sensors do not record video, but they do track things such as body temperature, sleep patterns, and abnormal behavior. They can also detect falls, smoke, or carbon monoxide, then contact emergency services automatically. Given these features, sensors, either worn or installed in the home, can be literal lifesavers while offering maximum privacy.
Let’s face it: taking care of a pet is a full-time responsibility, and it’s one that most senior citizens cannot physically keep up with. Taking a dog for a walk, lifting heavy bags of food or litter, and even playing with an energetic cat can take a toll on them. Luckily, there’s another option: robotic pets. There is a variety to choose from, ranging from the classic dog or cat to even seals. In short, there’s easily something for everyone. And as a bonus: they’re hypoallergenic as they lack the dander and fur that cause allergies.
One of the best ways to mitigate cognitive deterioration is by performing activities like making crafts or reading. Sadly, a progressive loss of vision is an issue many elderly people have to face, preventing lifelong readers from enjoying their favorite hobby. In recent years, however, audiobooks have exploded in popularity. Avid readers can now easily find a variety of apps and virtual libraries with literary classics and new bestsellers, performed by some of the most prestigious voice artists. This type of technology may seem unnecessary to younger generations, but it can be an essential part of maintaining the quality of life for the elderly.
We don’t expect senior citizens to be phone savvy, but phone apps are indispensable for caregivers and family members. Through apps, the information (through sensors, for example) can be shared with doctors to improve a senior’s lifestyle. Phone apps are also great for tracking a senior’s activity and helping caregivers and family members know where the patient is at all times, mitigating the risks that accompany diseases such as Alzheimer's, which cause sufferers to wander and get lost.
Back on the topic of sensors, stovetop sensors have a specific function: to prevent home fires. Some of these sensors automatically make electric stoves turn off if they detect an unattended pan or smoke. Others focus on microwave safety, turning a microwave off at the first sign of smoke or burning. Of course, these should always be used in tandem with classic smoke alarms, especially those that send an automatic message to the local fire department. Devices like these are essential for any older adult living alone.
With more of the aging population opting to age in place, modern technologies like those stated above ensure a safe and comfortable living environment for them. And that's more than enough reason to invest in them.
Specially written for gentlehomeservices.com by Jessica Bailey
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