Using Technology and Adaptive Devices to Make Homes Safer

In addition to helping your senior parents or grandparents through in-home care, how else can you provide them with a safer home environment?

Thanks to modern technology, there are myriad devices out there that can assist adults and improve safety, reduce danger, and increase mobility and awareness. These adaptive devices, when supplemented with in-home care, go a long way towards protecting our elderly loved ones. There are four main types of adaptive devices that you can consider: Wearable Technology, Remote Monitoring Systems, Stairway Assistance, and Mobility Assistive Devices.

Wearable Technology

Smart watches and health monitors have revolutionized health care. Not only can they track sleeping habits, restlessness, exercise habits and heart rate, but the ones worth purchasing have the ability to recognize dangerous falls and send out alerts. Additionally, being able to call for help through a smart watch that’s always on your wrist means that the risk of being left alone in pain is significantly diminished. Your in-home nurse can check how well you slept and monitor your heart rate as well as any potential avenues for risk, as well.

Remote Monitoring Systems

While remote monitoring systems are usually wearable technology as well, they function a little differently. In most cases, they’re designed to alert others when detecting an anomaly, instead of keeping the autonomy solely within your home. From motion sensors to blood sugar alert systems, a remote monitor can detect long periods of non-movement, falls, or more, and alert emergency services immediately. In many situations, the information can be transmitted directly to your doctor, as well, saving time when it is at an absolute premium.

Stairway Assistance

While this requires a little bit of remodeling, it can beat the alternative of moving to a new home with no steps. Adding in lifts, temporary stair railings, or a stair climbing chair can provide a means for anyone to get up- and downstairs safely and with ease. Even small steps from a home entrance to a living room or from one section of the house to the other should have a railing installed, as well as treads and safety grips on the floor itself.

Mobility Assistive Devices

On the simpler side, walking poles can allow you to stay mobile while decreasing the risk of an injury. They feel more athletically-inclined than a walker or cane and can help retain dignity and independence at the same time. Additionally, the use of assistive seating devices can help lift you from a seating position to a standing position (and vice versa), giving you freedom to sit and stand without relying on anyone else’s help.

Being safe and independent at the same time is important, so whether you’re doing this for yourself or for a loved one who lives alone, a combination of adaptive technologies and in-home care from a trusted provider like Compassionate Care is the best solution for living and aging gracefully!