Aging in place has never been easier due to new technology. As you explore ways to set up a safe, senior-friendly home for your aging loved one, check out this list of 5 technologies that can help simplify his or her life, brought to you by the Douglas County senior home care experts at Home Care Assistance.
1. Smart Light Systems
Motion-activated lights were a pretty amazing development many years ago, but now your loved one can turn lights off and on with a simple app on his or her phone. Smart light systems can also be set to timers that turn them on exactly when your loved one needs them, such as when he or she is returning home after dark. Making sure your loved one’s path is well lit reduces his or her fall risk.
2. Automatic Appliance Shut Offs
It doesn’t take much to start a house fire, and leaving heated appliances on is a major risk. However, seniors with memory loss may get distracted while cooking and forget they have left the stove on. With automatic appliance shut off technology, all power is turned off within a certain time frame so fires can be prevented.
3. Medicine Dispensers
Sorting little pills into boxes isn’t necessary anymore. Automatic medicine dispensers provide the correct dosage at the right time of day. You can also choose a model that provides a printable log sheet to double-check your loved one is taking his or her medicine properly.
4. Robotic Cleaners
The future is here, and technological advances have changed how seniors do their chores. Though an actual robot has yet to be invented, electronic vacuums and floor sweepers can take the load of chores off of your loved one’s shoulders. Having a clean, dry floor can also help your loved one prevent injuries related to falling.
5. Video Monitoring Systems
Having video access to the home allows Douglas County, CO, caregivers to check in on their loved ones from a distance, which is especially helpful if your loved one lives alone and is recovering from a recent illness or injury. Seniors who are in good health can also use these systems to monitor who is at the door before answering or check on the security of their homes when traveling.
Technology can be a great help to seniors, but nothing works quite as well as the human touch. At Home Care Assistance, our caregivers are available 24/7 to assist with cooking, medication reminders, and light housekeeping, and we also offer comprehensive stroke, dementia, and Alzheimer’s care Douglas County seniors can count on. For more information and to schedule a free in-home consultation, please call one of our qualified Care Managers at 720-287-1685 today.