There used to be very few options available to seniors when their declining health made it difficult or unsafe to live alone. If an elderly or infirm person could not live with a family member or caretaker, the only remaining option would be a nursing home.
Many a lively older person (who just happened to have some physical limitations) found themselves depressingly confined among other people whose mental as well as physical faculties were fading.
These days there are alternatives, particularly for older people whose minds are still sharp and whose bodies are just becoming uncooperative.
With the introduction of top emerging technologies in Senior Care industry, many older people can continue to live independently for much longer, relying on safety devices to help ensure their safety.
Examples of Assistive Technology for Seniors
Technology has made great inroads into providing applications and devices to fill the needs of people who can’t manage everything without a little help. Some of these devices can also aid caring family members in keeping tabs on an older person, being reassured of their safety and well-being, or being alerted if anything was to go wrong.
Some of these devices are as simple as digital medication reminders and dispensers. When someone is prone to forgetting their medication (or forgetting they already took it and accidentally doubling up) a dispenser with reminder alarm can address the issue.
The alarm reminds them to take the medication at the appropriate time, and the dispenser prevents them from accidentally taking extra doses.
Locator devices with GPS can be useful if a person is becoming forgetful about directions or if family members want to be able to do a safety-check on that person’s location. A GPS-enabled device can immediately locate a senior who has wandered; similar technology can also be used to locate frequently mislaid items.
Examples of Assistive Updates for Seniors
In addition to technological aids, families can now consider making updates to a senior’s home to help ensure they can go about their daily tasks in safety. Reinforced handles in strategic locations can help an unsteady senior to stand and sit. Chairs and beds can be purchased that can raise and lower to help a senior ease into or out of a sitting or reclining position.
And perhaps most importantly, because the bathroom is statistically proven to be the most dangerous room of the house for senior citizens, you can look into fixtures like a walk-in tub to ensure a senior can bathe (or soak) safely.
By eliminating the most dangerous and difficult elements of a house, you can help a senior to live independently for much longer than you can think. And the cost of these items, while not negligible, will still be considerably lower than paying for a nursing home or assisted living.
by Joseph Schwartz, President & Co-Founder of Spa World Corp