Assistive technology has made it safer than ever for Seniors today who are living longer and choosing to age in place. Aging in place enables seniors to remain in the comfort of their own homes while obtaining any personal care and support services they might need over time as their needs change. In addition, to support services provided by a caregiver, assistive technology provides an added safety benefit for seniors who age in place. The simplest form of assistive technology are modifications that make life safer and simpler: grab bars in bathrooms to prevent falls, accessibility ramps, and bed rails. Assistive technology has evolved considerably over the years from simple medical alert bracelets with a single function to innovations such as sophisticated smartphone apps that can monitor heart rates, evaluate blood sugar, perform computerized tasks hands-free, and even notify emergency services in the event of a fall. The advent of this technology pairs seniors with safety and security while preventing isolation.
Medical Alert Systems Feature Enhanced Safety Technology and Sleek Designs
Modern medical alert systems have come a long way in the decades since they were introduced as basic safety devices. Medical alert systems used to require an operational landline to connect users to emergency personnel in the event of an in-home injury or medical emergency. Now, with increased functionality and connectivity, many medical alert systems use a wireless cellular connection without the requirement of a landline. Additionally, many systems are completely portable, providing emergency protection anywhere inside of a senior’s home and anywhere outside of it, even when traveling. These new devices are lightweight, designed for comfort, and visibly discreet. Some designs even lend themselves to the latest fashion trends as opposed to a bulky device that causes embarrassment and discomfort. Seniors can choose a stylish smartwatch, a portable necklace, or a device that can be tucked away in a pocket or purse.
GPS location tracking has a diverse array of uses and adds another safety measure for seniors aging in place. Medical alert devices equipped with GPS can locate a user and alert emergency personnel to his or her exact location. In the event a medical emergency disables a person’s ability to communicate or press a button, the location tracker will still be fully operational.
The Latest Stairlifts Can be Designed to Fit Any Space
Stairlifts have been used for years to help seniors with limited mobility age in place. The use of the stairlift enables seniors to safely navigate staircases, providing full access to parts of their home that would otherwise be limited. Modern technology allows manufacturers to create stairlifts that can fit into any space, including outdoor and curved staircases of any length, and hold bodies of all sizes. With more choice and flexibility, seniors can find a stairlift that suits their specific needs, helping them age in place in the home they love no matter the home design or ergonomic requirements.
Updated technology also provides an added security benefit in speed control and motion sensors. With these additions, chair lifts are even safer; they can detect if there is an obstacle that could hinder usage.
Smart Home Devices’ Security and Health Features May be Useful for Seniors
Smart home devices are becoming staples in many homes but can be especially useful for seniors. Current devices like the Amazon Alexa and Google Home can do much more than just control lighting. While this is one of the many functions that make smart home devices useful for seniors, there are many more benefits that can enhance seniors’ quality of life. Today’s smart home devices can be programmed with appointment reminders and medication alerts to help seniors who wish to age independently manage their healthcare needs. Smart home devices can also monitor the premises and lock doors and windows, serving as a substitute for on-site security in residential facilities. To combat isolation and loneliness, voice-command capabilities allow easy use of technology to video chat or call family members and friends.