How Smart Technology Can Help Mom and Dad Age In Place

Posted on: May 26th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

Most of us want to stay at home while we age, but that can get more difficult and unsafe as time goes on.  However, thanks to technology, aging adults will be able to stay in their homes much longer.  Williams Bros. lists these new technologies that will help your parents stay independent and safe within their own home.

Alexa: She allows your loved ones to not have to move around as much.  This technology relies on auditory interaction instead of visual input.  For example, instead of trying to find keys on a keyboard, just ask Alexa to compile a grocery list for you and she’ll input all the items you tell her.  She’ll send text messages from your phone, too!

PERS: Personal Emergency Response Systems are the necklaces such as Life Alert and other devices that you have on you in case of a fall or emergency where you can’t call someone for help or move.  They have become extremely popular and have saved many lives.

MyMeds: This app helps you keep track of your medication by sending you reminders of when it’s time to take them.  New prescriptions will also transfer to your MyMeds profile.

Care4today: This talks you through the journey you will face after surgery.  It will show a patient what they need to know about rehabilitation, upcoming sessions, goals, and progress.  There are tips from self-service patient resources along with healthy meals you can try out.

Instant Heart Rate: This app uses your iPhone’s camera to detect your pulse from your fingertip, which is similar to what pulse oximeters already use.  The detailed analytics help you get in tune with each heartbeat.  This app is great because it gives you deep insight into your fitness and how hard your heart works.

PT Pal Pro: This app offers an easy yet practical way for physical therapists to ensure their patients do their exercises and do them well.  Therapists can send the exercise list directly to their patient’s phone, and they can then see detailed instructions and videos on how to do the exercises.

Reminder Rosie: Not only is this a good reminder for medications, but it also tells older adults when their appointments or day-to-day tasks are.  This helps seniors maintain healthy routines.

Evermind:  This app is helpful not only to seniors, but to their caregivers and family too.  It looks for signals of activity and well-being by monitoring when common household appliances, such as coffee makers, televisions, and bedside lamps are switched on and off to signal that your loved one is still okay without having to check in constantly.

As technology continues to evolve and grow, we will be able to be independent longer within our own homes.  Having apps and devices that make home safer will give you some peace of mind about your aging loved ones.  If you have any questions about medical equipment or medications for your loved one, contact us today!

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