“You are always free to choose what you do with your life. To make changes in your future, make new choices today.” – Brian Tracy
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!
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.
Benjamin Franklin certainly had it right: An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to noticing and addressing elderly mobility issues, prevention is a must. Falls in older adults result in 3 million emergency room visits, 300,000 hip fractures, and 32,000 deaths each year, according to the CDC.
Preempt a tragedy by keeping an eye out for these warning signs of increasing elderly mobility issues in seniors:
One simple and effective option to evaluate mobility and fall risk in older adults is the TUG (Timed Up and Go) test. The test should be carried out on a consistent basis. Here is all it will require:
Be sure to stand close by while the older adult performs the test to provide support if necessary. Track the results during a period of time and share with the person’s doctor for guidance. Find more information on the test along with a downloadable one-page assessment sheet here.
If you pick up on some of these signs of elderly mobility issues, it’s time to have a frank conversation with the senior. Let the person know you are concerned, and schedule an appointment for a check-up with the doctor. The utilization of some simple mobility aids might make a world of improvement in maintaining safety and independence.
Connect with Help at Home Senior Care at (775) 507-3111 for additional fall prevention strategies for older adults and to learn about the many ways we can help improve quality of life for a senior you love. We proudly offer our customized in-home care in Reno and nearby communities.