Best technologies and products to help you age in your home
It is very likely that you or your loved one would prefer to stay at home and age in place. Fortunately, there are a variety of products and technologies that can help make aging in place easier and safer. Consider the following eight examples:
Pill Dispensers: Pill dispensers can help take the confusion out of managing daily medications. As an added reminder, some dispensers beep or flash lights.
Video Doorbell: These products can be added into existing doorbells to enable a homeowner to see who comes to the door via the phone.
Voice and Remote Controlled Thermostat: These devices can modify thermostat settings by voice or by cell phone. Some products incorporate smoke, radon and carbon monoxide detectors as well.
Virtual Assistants: Products like Amazon's Echo (which is Alexa-enabled) or Google Home allows homeowners to control technology with their voice – locking doors, turning lights on and off, playing music, getting traffic and weather reports, etc.
Stove Fire Prevention Devices: These automatically shut off a stove if it is left unattended for a specific time.
Home Monitoring Systems: Monitoring systems can help family caregivers keep tabs on the health and safety of senior loved ones. Some systems do not even require human monitoring and some provide fall detectors and emergency response.
Amplified Phones: These phones have features that may help an older adult, such as extra-loud ringer and voice volume, easy-to-use large buttons, backlit keypads, hands-free speaker phone and caller id.
GPS Tracking Systems: These systems can help ensure the safety of older adults who may wander because of a dementia illness.
If these products may help your situation, consider doing an online search for the many options now available.
Source: “Top 10 Technologies and Products to Help You Stay Home.” Caregiver Stress, www.caregiverstress.com/senior-housing/home-your-own-way/top-ten-technologies-products-help-you-stay-home/.