Technology has made it easier than ever to allow seniors to remain in their homes. Seniors and their families can now find products on the market to help them keep seniors safer at home. Finding the right technology solutions, however, may seem confusing at first, so let's explore the main categories of "aging in place" devices to consider.
1. Personal safety - These devices monitor an individual's current status and wellbeing regardless of location, notify the appropriate parties and respond to crisis. These usually include unobtrusive, wearable and in-home sensors that send real-time information to emergency responders and family members in the event of a problem.
2. Companionship - Tablets, e-readers and smartphones can keep seniors engaged through video conferencing (using Skype or FaceTime for example), photo sharing and other interactions. Devices in this category are most appropriate for persons of sound mind and for those in the early and middle stages of dementia or Alzheimer's. These simple devices can monitor and improve a senior's mood, and decreases loneliness by remotely providing interaction and companionship. While no computer skills are required, vision and vocal ability are necessary to benefit from these services.
3. Medication management - These devices are filled and programmed by a caregiver, and dispense appropriate medications and doses, remind seniors and alert caregivers. Seniors, upon receiving a reminder, simply push a button to receive their correct medications.
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