The 5 Top Technologies Seniors Should Have in Their Homes
It is important for seniors who age in place to have the support they need to do so, and with today’s modern technological advances, this is easier than ever.
At some point, many seniors are faced with making decisions about their living situations. While some choose to move into assisted living facilities, many others decide to continue living in their own homes. This is referred to as aging in place. It is important for seniors who age in place to have the support they need to do so, and with today’s modern technological advances, this is easier than ever. The five technologies listed below may help provide what seniors need to remain in their homes with an improved quality of life and safety.
For many seniors, mobility can become difficult. Typical mobility aid devices, such as canes, walkers, or motorized scooters can remedy many of these issues, but for those who have a two-story home, a basement, or an outside staircase, those devices may not be enough. Installing a stair lift can mean the difference between not being able to access all parts of the home versus having full access to all floors. Modern stair lift technology includes straight or curved units with customized seating options, safety sensors, and multiple charging points.
Automatic Medication Dispensers
It is difficult for some seniors to remember to take their medication every day. For those who need some assistance with this, an automatic medication dispenser may be the best option. These dispensers can give you reminders, dispense medication, and even order refills for you. Through voice control and video conferencing technology, you can even communicate with medical professionals right from the device.
Improved Safety Technology
There are many high-tech options available in home safety equipment. You can have your security system set up through a smartphone app, so you can control your system remotely. In addition, doorbell cameras have become increasingly popular, because they allow people to answer their doors without even being at home. This is good technology for seniors to have because they can see who is at their door without opening it.
Smart Home Technology
Many modern appliances, electronic devices, and entertainment equipment offer IoT (Internet of Things) technology, which allows you to control them through a smartphone. Smart speaker devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home allow you to use voice commands to communicate with other devices. This can be great for seniors who struggle with mobility, because they can control their appliances and entertainment systems without leaving the room, and they can order groceries or just about anything else with simple voice commands instead of getting in the car and going to the store.
Apps for Social Connections
While seniors living in assisted living facilities have many opportunities for social interaction on a daily basis, those who are aging in place may experience loneliness and social isolation, which can lead to depression. Engaging in social interaction is crucial for seniors, especially if they have family members who don’t live nearby. Communicating through social media platforms and using apps such as Skype, WhatsApp or Facetime to communicate with kids and grandkids will put a smile on their faces.
With so many options for improved technology everywhere, it only makes sense for seniors to take advantage of those that may increase their safety, improve their mobility, enhance their overall quality of life, and monitor their medical needs.
This guest post has been written by Natasha Wood and posted with the author’s permission, 22 May 2019. Author’s Bio: Natasha Woods is a firm believer in health and wellness for all ages. Having been a family caregiver for her grandmother, she knows what it’s like to go through family trials and tribulations. She is currently a blogger who wants to aid others in understanding the tips of healthy and safe aging that she has come across with her own personal experiences as well as through deep research on the topic. Natasha can be reached at her blog.