As technology continues to advance, it can be a challenge to discern which items are the best in terms of quality and price. These smart devices have proven to keep seniors safe in and outside of their homes, while giving loved ones and caregivers peace of mind. If you or your loved one are looking for ways to use technology to live safer lives, here are some items to consider.
Smart Home Lighting
According to the National Council on Aging, “falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of trauma related hospital admissions among older adults.” Many seniors experience falls in their own apartments. In addition to clearing hallway spaces and corners free from sharp objects and furniture, smart technology can be a great addition.
There are many home devices that can help reduce the risk of falls, such as lighting options, like automatic lighting and nightlights. Many smart lighting devices can detect when seniors get up from their beds or enter a different room and automatically turn on. You can find these lighting devices on Amazon for very affordable prices.
Voice Activated Pill Dispensers
It’s important for seniors to stay on top of their medications, but remembering what to take and when to take it presents a challenge for many adults. Smart technology has introduced many types of pill dispensers that will remind residents to take their medications. The Wirecutter, a New York Times Company, has compiled a list of some of the top pill dispensers for seniors.
Smart Home Hubs
Smart devices like the Google Home or Amazon Alexa act as a centralized hub for anything a senior might need. These devices have many different capabilities that work to keep seniors safe. These home hubs can be programmed to make emergency calls, announce reminders such as appointments or events. These hubs are also designed with different add-ons, such as voice activated light sensors and switch on/off capabilities. Make sure to do you research before purchasing to ensure the best price and desired capabilities.
In case of emergencies where phones are inaccessible, wearable technology is a great alternative. These devices come in many different forms such as pendants and wristbands. In case of a fall or other emergency, the device can usually alert medical services by the push of a button. Many senior living communities provide these devices, so make sure to do your research before purchasing. Consumer Reports has compiled a list of some of the best wearable technology devices for seniors.
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