Seniors living with dementia require more assistance as the disorder progresses. Family caregivers are often close by to lend a hand. However, there are several technological gadgets available that also help seniors with dementia throughout the day, enabling them to stay safer and have some semblance of independence.
1. Digital Clocks
In the early phase of dementia, seniors can benefit from using a clock featuring large digital readouts of the time, date, month, and day of the week. The clocks also differentiate between AM and PM. The large display is ideal for older adults with visual impairment and is visible at night. Alternatives include talking clocks. When date and time no longer have meaning to a senior with dementia, some devices simply state when it’s morning, afternoon, late afternoon, or night.
2. GPS Trackers
As dementia progresses, seniors can easily become lost when out of the home unaccompanied. A GPS tracking device in a senior’s possession enables family members to quickly locate their loved one via a downloadable app. The gadgets range from bracelets and watches to tags.
High-tech safety devices can be helpful for aging adults, but those with serious health conditions may also need the assistance of a professional caregiver. Some seniors only require help with a few daily tasks so they can maintain their independence. However, those living with serious illnesses may need more extensive assistance. Luckily, there is professional live-in care Scottsdale, AZ, seniors can rely on. Home can be a safer and more comfortable place for your loved one to live with the help of an expertly trained and dedicated live-in caregiver.
3. Motion-Activated Vocal Alerts
This product enables caregivers to record a message their loved one hears when the device detects motion. When these devices are strategically placed around the home, the senior receives different alerts. The gadgets can be placed by doors to caution seniors not to go outside alone. In the bedroom, the message might remind the senior to return to bed when it’s nighttime.
Wandering behavior can also be mitigated by having the assistance of a professional caregiver. Many older adults are choosing to age in place, and some need a helping hand to continue living at home safely and comfortably. Luckily, there is professional Home Care Scottsdale seniors can trust and rely on.
4. Picture Phones
Traditional and mobile phones make calling easier by assigning a single number to each contact. However, seniors with dementia may not remember the person associated with the assigned number. A picture phone is a good alternative. The numbers are assigned as with any other phone, but each number displays a picture of the person assigned to the number. The phones also feature a 911 emergency button.
5. Simple Radios
Seniors with dementia often enjoy listening to music. However, they may forget how to use a standard radio or stereo system. A one-button radio allows caregivers to remove the face and program the radio station and volume control. The senior then needs to merely push one button to play music.
6. Simple TV Remotes
At first glance, these devices display the on/off button, directional channel arrows, and volume up/down buttons. However, the cover slides back to enable caregivers to program TVs as desired.
7. Talking Photo Albums
Short-term memory gradually and progressively fades as dementia progresses. A talking photo album is ideal for remembering family members and special events. The albums hold up to 20 images and 200 minutes of speech. The device can also use pictures and recorded instructions to help seniors remember how to use common household items.
Tech devices can enhance safety and quality of life for seniors with dementia, and so can having a trained caregiver close by. Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality elder care. Scottsdale families trust Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably. Call Home Care Assistance at (480) 771-2710 to learn more about our flexible and customizable senior care plans.