Whether your elderly family member is comfortable with technology or not, it can help you to keep her safer. Some of these technological developments can make life a lot more fun for your senior, too.
Motion detectors can be an incredible help for your senior and for you. You might think of motion detectors mostly when it comes to security systems, but they can also help when they’re attached to something as simple as a light fixture. When attached to a home security system, they can help you to monitor your senior in terms of falls or other potential issues, too.
Webcams and Audio Monitoring
Webcams and audio monitoring tools can help you to spot problems with your aging adult, especially if you live far away. You might worry that these devices could constitute an invasion of your senior’s privacy, which is not an unreasonable thought. Talk with your elderly family member about these types of safety devices before using them.
Those pendant-style devices have been an option for aging adults for a long time. Your senior pushes a button and she’s got someone on the line instantly who can send help. But those devices have come a long way. Now they have built-in technology that can sense when she might have fallen and send help right away.
Wearable GPS Devices
What about if your senior tends to wander a bit? That can be extremely scary for both of you. Wearable GPS devices use satellites to help pinpoint your senior’s location. The device can even transmit location information to an app on your phone. Some of the wearable devices can be more subtle, especially if your senior might remove them. They can tie onto her shoelaces or fit easily into a pocket.
If you and your elderly family member live far apart, you may find that regular video conferencing helps you to keep in touch while also being able to check in with her in more subtle ways. Seeing your senior’s face and her expressions can help you to notice problems sooner than if you only spoke to her on the phone.
Your elderly family member may be more open to some of these types of technology than others. It’s important that you work together to find the combination that helps her to feel safer and supported. It’s also important that you as her caregiver feel as if she’s got the tools that she needs.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Bordentown, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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