Aging in Place Technology: 8 Gadgets Helping Aid Elderly Loved Ones
Aging in Place is the ability to live in one’s own home for as long, as confidently and comfortably possible. Livability can be extended through the incorporation of universal design principles, telehealth, mhealth and other assistive technologies. Below are eight great examples of modern gadgets helping the aging population maintain independence and staying at home for as long as possible.
MedMinder pill dispensers remind the user to take their medications with a series of optional visual and/or auditory alerts. The reminders occur in 30-minute intervals. First the compartment will flash, then the pill dispenser will beep, then the user will receive a phone reminder. If the user still has not taken their medications, then all caregivers will be notified via phone, email and/or text message. Of course, if the medications are taken on time, there will be no reminders nor notifications.
Reminder Rosie is designed to solve the very real daily challenges of memory loss. Inspired by the creator’s father who suffered from dementia, Rosie is a personalized, voice controlled reminder system that older adults love!
With its senior-friendly clock interface, Reminder Rosie is a simple, hands-free, inexpensive solution to remember your medication, appointments, and every-day tasks.
Having a Philips Lifeline medical alert system provides fast, reliable access to the help you want when you need it.
The Lifeline service can be used in any emergency. From a fire, medical emergency, or if you are simply locked out of your house — our response associates will quickly assess the situation and get you help quickly.
Automatic fall detection technology, combined with responsive medical care could potentially help you avoid hospital transport, ER visits, hospitalization, and increased health care costs.
The Philips Lifeline AutoAlert fall detection feature is designed to automatically place a call for help if it detects a fall and you can’t push the help button yourself, even if you are disoriented, immobilized or unconscious.
GrandCare is a suite of technologies designed to reduce costs and improve outcomes by enabling family members, caregivers and healthcare professionals to monitor and care for seniors remotely. The heart of GrandCare is a large touchscreen which can provide activity and health monitoring, medication prompts, as well as easy communication. No computer skills are needed for the resident to fully engage in all of the touchscreen features.
GreatCall 5Star Urgent Response
GreatCall is the leader in connected health for active aging. With health and safety solutions for older adults and their family caregivers, GreatCall’s innovative suite of easy-to-use mobile products and award-winning approach to customer care helps aging consumers live more independent lives. Products and services include Jitterbug Flip and Jitterbug Smart, the Lively Mobile medical alert device, Lively Wearable, Healthsense, Dashboard and HealthNotes, plus health, safety and medical apps Urgent Care, GreatCall Link, MedCoach and 5Star.
MobileHelp’s medical alert systems feature the best mobile technology to ensure that you are protected and have peace of mind. MobileHelp is integrated with nationwide wireless voice and data and GPS technology to provide real-time medical monitoring services and location tracking.
Connect America offers a suite of emergency alert products, catering to the aging population across the United States. The emergency medical alert systems are strategically designed for easy emergency access for seniors who are often home alone and for seniors who are more active and on the go. Connect America offers three products: Personal Emergency Response System, Cellular Based System (CBS), and Mobile365.
Life Alert ® is a medical alert system specifically designed to protect seniors and all family members in a home health emergency. Life Alert ® services can help seniors remain independent and possibly avoid a retirement home by sending help fast in the event of a medical, fall, shower, and home invasion emergencies. Senior health and longevity is as simple as a push of button allowing independent seniors to live alone without ever being alone.
If you or your family member is considering in-home care as part of a plan to age in place, contact Family Matters In-Home Care today for a free consultation. Our team is dedicated to supporting your family and helping older adults enjoy life in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible.
Some of the services offered by Family Matter In-Home Care include: Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care, Bed & Wheelchair Transfer Assistance, Companionship, Housekeeping & Meal Preparation, Personal Care, Recovery Care, and Transportation.