By 2030, about one in every 5 Americans will be at least 65 years old. According to the AARP, 90% of older adults today want to live in their own homes as they age. As this aging in place trend becomes more popular, many companies have started to offer technology that allows seniors to stay in their home without sacrificing safety or health. Home Care Assistance, an hourly and live-in home care agency, presents a look at some tech options that help seniors age at home with dignity and independence.
Medical Alert Systems
Medical alert systems get more advanced every year. Many new systems like those offered by tech-giant Lifeline allow seniors to wear a pendant that can automatically detect a fall. Because falls are one of the greatest dangers to seniors and the leading cause of injuries among older adults, this technology can be a potentially life-saving measure for a senior who falls at home and is unable to call for help.
Smart Home Technology
Smart home designs are popular with homeowners of all ages, but they can be especially beneficial to seniors. One example of technology available today is home sensors that connect to a smartphone to a home’s doors, opening and closing them for seniors with mobility issues. A company called LeadingAge also offers sensors that can monitor motion, heart rate, and breathing so a physician and loved ones can be notified if there’s a problem.
Telemedicine allows seniors to receive care from a nurse or a physician from the comfort of their home. This is especially beneficial to seniors who have chronic health problems or difficulty making it to a doctor’s office. With this technology, seniors can discuss medications and side effects with their physician and talk about challenges they are facing to support their health and ability to live independently. Telemedicine may even include remote health monitoring so a physician can track a senior’s vital signs and send emergency responders if a problem is detected.
If you feel that your aging parent or loved one could use additional support at home, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a premier Scottsdale senior home care provider, and learn more about our hourly and live-in care services. Call 480.448.6215 and request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation today!