“You are always free to choose what you do with your life. To make changes in your future, make new choices today.” – Brian Tracy
Choosing where to reside in our older age isn’t easy. The vast majority of seniors choose to remain at home for a lifetime, but it’s not without concerns. Can it be safe? What about mobility issues or other physical limitations? What happens if a senior falls and cannot get up?
Fortunately, there are a number of solutions that make aging in place possible for older adults. Technology for older adults, for instance, is continuously evolving and developing, providing solutions to the difficulties that could arise as we grow older. Just look at a few of these tech devices and how they’re enhancing life at home for older adults!
Remote Patient Monitoring
Remote patient monitoring connects individuals with their physicians in innovative ways: wearable devices to trace vital signs, smart pill bottles with sensors, bio-ingestible capsules seniors can swallow, even electronic tattoos that can measure the progression of pneumonia. It’s a step above telehealth appointments, delivering more comprehensive information on a patient’s medical condition than can be determined via a video conference.
Smart devices provide peace of mind to a senior who lives alone – and to the members of the family who care about them. Seniors can select from specific products that fulfill a specific need, such as a smart doorbell, door lock, or fire alarm, or entire smart security system for all of these features and more.
Additionally, a smart speaker system such as Amazon Echo or Google Nest Audio works by voice command, a vital feature to a home technology system. The senior can simply say what they need, such as calling for help, and technology takes care of it.
Whole Home Automation
For those who want to jump into technology with both feet, a central control system will allow for a number of functions to be executed at the touch of a tablet or smartphone, such as lights, security cameras, sensors, window shades, thermostat, music, Wi-Fi, and so much more.
Michael Miller, author of My Smart Home for Seniors, sums up the many benefits of technology for seniors: “Technology helps all homeowners, but especially seniors, by automating things that are a pain or difficult to do.”
Needless to say, the human touch provided by our caregivers is definitely needed for safe and independent living at home, regardless of how many tech tools we utilize! Contact Golden Harmony’s experts in senior care in Wake Forest and nearby areas, at 919-426-7522 for individualized in-home care support that will help older adults truly thrive.