Online Buzz: Technology to Keep Seniors Safe at Home
The vast majority of older adults want to remain in their homes as long as possible, but their family members and friends worry that their loved one will forget medications, fall or need other vital assistance. To solve these concerns, several technology devices are now available to help seniors live independently and avoid expensive emergency room trips or moves to nursing homes. Here are a few examples:
- A number of electronic monitoring systems, including QuietCare Plus, eNeighbor and GrandCare Como, are programmed to detect any unusual activity by the senior, such as a fall or a shower left running. The gathered data is reported to a computer, dispatcher or caregiver as a signal for assistance.
- To supervise medications at a distance, automatic pill reminders such as MD.2 and Rescue Alert use alarms and timers on pillboxes for services to notify the senior via phone, email or pager to take the right medication dosage at the proper time.
- To prevent burns from a sink or shower faucet that gets too hot, you can screw on an attachment called a temperature-activated flow reducer that automatically shuts off water if it reaches an unsafe temperature.
- A big-button cellphone like Jitterbug features extra-loud speakers and three backlit buttons—one for 911, one for assistance from the service's operator and one programmed to connect the senior to a caregiver.
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