“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 years is not always straightforward. Nearly all seniors would like to remain at home for a lifetime, but it is not without concerns. Is it safe? How about mobility issues or other physical limitations? What happens if an older adult falls and cannot get up?
The good news is, there is a large variety of solutions that make aging in place feasible for seniors. For example, technology for seniors is constantly evolving and developing, offering solutions to the challenges that could surface as we grow older. Just look at some of these tech devices and how they are enhancing life at home for older adults!
Remote Patient Monitoring
Remote patient monitoring connects individuals to their physicians in innovative ways: wearable devices to track vital signs, smart pill bottles with sensors, bio-ingestible capsules older adults can swallow, even electronic tattoos that can assess the progression of pneumonia. It’s one step above telehealth appointments, offering more comprehensive information on a person’s condition than can be determined via a video conference.
Smart devices bring peace of mind to an older adult living alone – and to the family members who care about them. Seniors can choose from specific products that meet 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, an essential component to a home technology system. The older adult 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 plethora of functions to be done at the touch of a tablet or smartphone, such as lights, security cameras, sensors, window shades, thermostat, music, Wi-Fi, and more.
Michael Miller, author of My Smart Home for Seniors, sums up the 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, a human touch is always essential for independent and safe living at home, regardless of how many tech tools we utilize! Email or call JFS Care at 213-383-2273 for individualized in-home care support or care management assistance that helps seniors truly thrive. Contact us today to schedule a no-cost consultation to learn more about how our senior caregivers in Los Angeles and the nearby area can help. For more information, see our full service area page.