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“You are always free to choose what you do with your life. To make changes in your future, make new choices today.” – Brian Tracy

Technology can provide a variety of benefits to help seniors age in place.

Making a decision about where to live as you age is not easy. The vast majority of seniors would like to remain at home for a lifetime, but it is not without concerns. Can it be safe? How about mobility issues or other physical limitations? What if a senior falls and is unable get up?

Fortunately, there are plenty of solutions to help seniors age in place with peace of mind.  Technology, for instance, is regularly developing and evolving, providing answers to the challenges that could surface as we grow older. Just look at some of these tech devices and how they’re improving life at home for seniors!

Home Safety

Smart devices help seniors living alone, as well as their families, feel safer and more comfortable while they age in place in the comforts of home. Seniors can select from specific devices that meet a specific need, such as a smart door lock, doorbell, or fire alarm, or entire smart security packages with all of these features and more.

In addition, a smart speaker system such as Amazon Echo or Google Nest Audio operates by voice command, a vital feature to a home technology system. The older adult can simply say what they need, such as calling for assistance, and technology takes care of it.

Remote Patient Monitoring

Remote patient monitoring connects individuals to their physicians in ground breaking ways: wearable devices to trace vital signs, smart pill bottles with sensors, bio-ingestible capsules older adults can swallow, even electronic tattoos that can assess the progression of pneumonia. Remote patient monitoring takes telehealth to the next level, offering more detailed information on an individual's health condition than can be detected via a video chat.

Whole Home Automation

For people who want to jump into technology with both feet, a central control system will allow for a number of functions to be performed at the touch of a tablet or smartphone, such as lights, security camera systems, 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 older adults: “Technology helps all homeowners, but especially seniors, by automating things that are a pain or difficult to do.”

It goes without saying that a compassionate human touch is definitely necessary for safe and independent living at home, regardless of how many tech tools we utilize! Connect with Help at Home online or at (775) 507-3111 for customized home care in Reno and the nearby areas that helps older adults live life to the fullest.

"Needing a little help" doesn’t always begin with a trip to the hospital for a fall or unwelcome diagnosis like Alzheimer's. Sometimes it sneaks up on us, or we are unaware of the early warning signs that the person in need of care is exhibiting.

Changes in your aging parent’s behavior, personality, level of self-care, or the ability to do things they enjoy can indicate that the time for a caregiver may be approaching.

It’s important to stay aware of these types of changes on seniors' abilities, even when they are living independently and are in good physical and mental health. Knowing what to look for can help prepare for the transition of receiving "a little help" from an in-home caregiver or personal assistant.

Here is a list that adult children can use to observe changes in their parents’ behavior and personal care. Please note that this list should not be used to diagnose individuals. Only licensed health care professionals are able to make medical diagnoses and put together treatment plans for their patients.

Behavioral changes

No need to rush to the doctor every time your mom or dad has a bad mood, since we all have different personalities and our moods can change depending on the day. However, if he or she has been acting out of character for some time, there may be an underlying reason. You may want to have a conversation with them about how they are feeling and discuss ways you can help.

Changes in activities of daily living

Here are some examples of how changes to the person’s behavior, character, and/or daily living activities can affect different aspects of their life: 

Your parent may be reluctant to say they need help, or try to downplay the trouble they are having. By providing help, in even a small way, can make a big difference and allow them to return to greater independence.

 Help at Home Senior Care Nevada can help you with the day to day tasks of caregiving to help you focus on more important matters like spending quality time with the person in your care, your family, or focus on your own needs. 

If you’d like to learn more about Help at Home Senior Care Nevada, providing care to Reno and the surrounding areas, contact us at 775-507-3111. We are happy to answer your questions.

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