Technology Designed for Seniors Aging in Place
One of the marvels of humanity is how fast new technology advances. New ways to approach common issues are solved each day, almost as fast as they arrive. Assistive technologies are no different. These technologies are designed to make life happier, healthier, and safer for everyone but some go one step further. The senior care industry has benefitted from a number of brilliant inventions intended to ease the process of aging. Here, we’ll touch on a few products that have been developed to help seniors in residential and in-home care.
In-Home Medication Dispensing Systems
Medication dispensing systems are the perfect item for seniors living at home. These systems store medication, notify users, and dispense doses at pre-programmed dates and times. Many systems store weeks of medication at a time and can provide reminders for non-pill medications as well. Medication reminder systems use visual and auditory alerts to ensure seniors rarely miss a dosage. Caregivers can rest easy knowing they will receive mobile alerts if a dose is missed, medication is low, electricity is lost, or the dispenser malfunctions.
There are a number of popular medication dispensing systems currently on the market. Each offers their own monitoring system that help with notifications but requires a monthly fee. TabSafe can hold up to a month of medicines and dispenses up to 13 medications a day. Philips Lifeline Medication Dispensing Service holds up to 40 days of medication, up to 6 doses a day; this system averages $59.99/month. MedMinder offers a number of products that help manage medications, with locked and unlocked options. The most popular option includes a 28-compartment locked medication tray and wireless pendant for reliable notifications for $64.99/month.
Computers Designed for Seniors
Although technology seems to advance every day, there are some companies trying to simplify things. These companies redesign computer systems to provide a larger, easier to use interface with simplified menus and easy access apps. Seniors can connect with family and friends using the web browser, video chat, picture share, and email or manage responsibilities using the calculator, calendar, and contact list. Computer skills are a breeze with automatic updates, 24/7 technical support, and reliable virus protection. They even have a few pre-programed games, such as solitaire and brain games.
Telikin offers their “simpler, easy to use” computers, laptops, and printers specifically for seniors. These computers feature touch screens, large print keyboard, and simplified menus; computer begin at $699 and printers start as low as $49.00. WOW! Computers are very similar to Telikin with nearly identical menus, touch screens, zoom features, and Linux based operating system; WOW! Computers start at $1099. A+ Computers for Seniors offers more advanced features using a Windows operating system and a large selection of computers to choose from and numerous senior-friendly apps.
Assistive Listening System
Seniors with hearing loss often listen to television loudly, causing issues with neighbors and drowning out important noises. Frustrated by the high cost of hearing aids, these companies have created an affordable, easy-to-use aids for hearing. Unisar TV Listener System is cordless headset that connects with the television for private listening within 3 feet. These headsets can be bought at Walmart or Amazon and average around $40. TV Ears is a similar product with more advanced technology to guarantee quality sounds; headphones start at $99.99, they also make hearing aids starting at $1,995.00.
Wearable technology has become increasingly popular for all ages. From fitness tracker bracelets to medical alert necklaces, there are tons of options on the market. Recently, companies have introduced stylish options that provide safety and simplicity. Lively Wearable is a safety alert response button that connects you immediately with agents that will send 911 or a family member. Wisewear is a sleek, stylish bracelet that features a built-in panic button that sends a text message and GPS pin to programmed receivers. Bracelets start out at $295 and come in gold, rose gold, and palladium.
There should be no slowing down of technological advancements in the future. Nearly all senior residential facilities participate in programs that will assist in the advancement of senior care. The growing senior population is leading to a higher need for more efficient care and communities are finding ways to connect with their clients. These technological advancements help caregivers rest easy while ensuring seniors remain comfortable and safe.
About the Author: Victoria K. Stickley is a copywriter, editor, and senior content manager based in the Dallas area. Her graduate education in counseling and research has helped immensely in her writing as well as the care she provides for her grandparents. She currently provides support and resources to senior care websites as she learns and experiences senior care first-hand.