Thanks to recent advances in technology, adaptive devices can assist elderly adults more than ever before. Devices like temporary stair railings, mobility assistive devices, wearable smart technology, door alarms, magnifying glasses, SOS buttons, and speaking computers all help elderly adults to live fulfilling, safe, and happy lives.
Some of these devices are a one-time purchase away, and some require a bit of home remodeling. But they are all worth the investment. Not only do adaptive devices help elderly adults accomplish their everyday tasks in a safe environment, they can help isolated adults stay connected with their family and communities. Here are some of the best adaptive devices for elderly adults:
Wearables, like smart watches and a broad variety of other types, are revolutionizing senior care. Many of these devices act as a health monitor that can help the user achieve the care they need by recording and tracking their condition for them and then easily sharing this information with a doctor.
The greatest benefit of using wearable devices is the peace of mind it brings to both the user and their loved ones. Everybody worries less knowing that you can easily call 911 from your watch or knowing you will be alerted if your heart rate suddenly drops or spikes and emergency services need to be contacted.
The monitoring of exercise, weight, and heart rate can also lead to making healthier decisions in your life. It’s like having a personal assistant who tracks and monitors your health and then encourages you to make decisions that improve your overall quality of life.
Remote Monitoring Systems
Do you ever worry that your parent or elderly loved one might fall in their home and have no way of alerting you or calling for emergency services? Or maybe you worry that a diabetic family member’s blood sugar could fluctuate unexpectedly.
Luckily, with remote monitoring systems like motion sensors and Bluetooth-enabled blood sugar monitors, you can feel more comfortable knowing they are safer. The motion sensor can detect a fall or even long periods of inactivity and alert you or emergency services immediately. And a Bluetooth-enabled blood sugar monitor will constantly monitor your blood sugar levels, send an alert when they fluctuate, and automatically transmit your medical data to your practitioner.
Temporary Stair Railings
Stairs can be extremely dangerous and a point of anxiety for elderly adults and their caring families. Some people actually consider moving their entire lives to a new home just to eliminate the hassle of dealing with stairs. Luckily, technological innovators have developed tools like temporary stair railings, lifts, and even a stair-climbing wheelchair to help.
Many elderly adults want to spend their days living in the home they’ve spent years growing into and avoid assisted living facilities. This is possible with some very light home remodeling. Stair railings and lifts can easily be removed if you decide to sell the home.
Mobility Assistive Devices for the Elderly
Mobility assistive devices, like walking poles, are an inexpensive way to help elderly adults stay active and avoid an injury. They are also an attractive alternative to canes and walkers because they look just like skiing poles.
An assistive seating device is also a common and easy addition that will greatly help an elderly adult’s independent mobility. It works with an armchair or sofa to lift the person into a standing position without having to exert much effort.
Installing or adding these adaptive devices for elderly adults into the home of your loved one can have a major impact on their independence and daily happiness. People want to be able to take care of themselves. With the latest technology and developing tools, we can do that for a little while longer.