New innovations in smart technology could revolutionize the world of senior healthcare, potentially redefining our conceptions about “assisted living”.
Living alone as a senior brings forth unique challenges and difficulties. While socially isolated, an individual may suffer due to the lack of a support system in case of an emergency.
Nevertheless, through choice or circumstance, millions of elders in the U.S. live alone. In fact, approximately
In fact, approximately 11.3 million older adults live alone as of 2010. As time marches forth, this number will likely increase — due to many baby boomers reaching seniorhood.
With the help of major Silicon Valley businesses, the problems of living alone as a senior could be solved by new smart technology that is now available.
Here are some of those new smart technology products that can assist seniors to live more safely at home:
Older adults may forget to take necessary medications when living alone. This can be especially problematic after a hospitalization.
Several companies have answered this concern by producing smart medication pillboxes.
What makes them smart?
They have internet connectivity so that users or loved ones can automatically receive alerts (typically through an automated text message) when pills are retrieved.
Now that’s smart technology!
Depending on the brand, they may also send daily reminders to take such medications. This can help users remember to take their medication, and even ease the minds of family members.
Many pharmacies and online retailers offer some variant of this concept, so availability is not an issue.
However, some models receive mixed to negative reviews by consumers.
The most common complaint is that some manufacturers fail to update related apps to work with current phones.
As with any piece of smart technology, it is essential to purchase a model from a company that actively supports the product.
Indoor Smart Security Cameras
When consumers think about installing security cameras, it is usually out of concern that their homes could be invaded when they are away.
However, smart security cameras can also be used to protect seniors who live alone.
There are many ways that a senior could be physically injured while at home and this smart technology can really offer great comfort.
Attempted break-ins are a concern for any homeowner, but even the daily routine of life can sometimes lead to injury.
In either case, a security camera can help tremendously.
Smart security cameras can help seniors in two major ways.
First, it can give them peace of mind while they are away from home, since they can check the video feed from a camera on a mobile device. A security system can deter burglars and can provide useful evidence in case a break-in occurs.
However, these cameras can also be used by loved ones in case an emergency occurs.
Placing a camera near stairways can help to create a safer environment, since these locations can be a risk to some seniors.
Additionally, through the use of motion detectors or a personal emergency response system, a live video alert could be sent to loved ones in case of an emergency.
A good example of an appropriate camera for this use is the Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera.
While this is a slightly pricey model, a review on Most Craft indicates that it is reliable and easy-to-use.
These are crucial factors when using a camera to monitor a residence in case of emergency situations.
Personal Emergency Response Systems
Personal emergency response systems have existed for many years, but recent technological innovations have made them more useful than ever.
With advanced geolocation tracking and other helpful features, these devices are essential to seniors who live independently.
With these smart technology devices, it is possible for older adults to maintain in contact with those who can help them in times of need.
These systems use GPS and cellular technology to help emergency services locate individuals who may be unable to respond.
When an emergency occurs, the device automatically places a call to emergency services to assist the individual.
Some systems use pendants that can track the exact location of the owner, and even determine when the individual falls to the ground.
Slip and fall accidents may seem like a trivial concern, but they commonly lead to serious injuries. This is especially true for older adults.
A wide range of companies offer personal emergency response systems.
Some vendors offer the ability to rent or lease such a device. Many systems have an installation fee and a monthly monitoring charge, so the cost may be prohibitively high for some households. Consumers should carefully read contracts before committing.
These are only a few uses of smart technology that can dramatically help elders who live alone.
With these smart technology devices, it is possible for older adults to maintain in contact with those who can help them in times of need. They can help seniors to live more comfortably and give them a greater peace of mind.
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