Today, with rising longevity among the elderly, relatives and friends who live far away or work long hours are concerned with elderly care and how best to keep a watch over their senior charge while away. Fortunately, hi-tech elderly care has changed all this.
In the past, this elderly care problem was resolved somewhat by having a trusted neighbor/friend check in with the loved one several times a day. Today, however, hi-tech devices help relieve some family concern. The Internet, senior cell phones, electronic health alarm systems, frequent home-care visiting nursing assistants, GPS and yes, even web cams are providing relief to families with this type of situation.
Below are listed some of hi-tech elderly care devices readily available to the consumer market today. These are just some of elderly care devices but they are the most commonly used and recommended by professional care giver practitioners.
Skype.Com: This totally free, VOIP system leads the list. A video component enables families to visually observe the person while watching for any physical/habit change. Lesley Boaz, a geriatric LPN and professor at Marquette’s College of Nursing believes “that face-to-face contact is really important, especially if you’re concerned about social isolation.”
• Cellphone/GPS devices. Highly recommended by health care professionals, this cellphone-to-smartphone with GPS is best for keeping track of the still agile elderly. The new The EmSeeQ device works much as a GPS would be is even more accurate. With over 60% of Alzheimer patients tending to roam, this is a valuable asset to families.
Equally helpful in elderly care are the senior-oriented phones such as the Jitterbug and Just5. Large buttons, emergency programmed call numbers and high hearing volumes all can aid those who are techie-phobic.
LotsaHelpingHands.Com: A totally free website doing what the military and small grass root organizations have been doing for some time: coordinating a network of family, friends and allies. Each will place their specific need and those who can contribute their talent,skill or ability to help meet that need.
A drive to the grocery store or pharmacy, a companion trip to the doctor’s office or a small house cleaning assignment can easily be achieved via the web site calendar posting and/or email alert. This is another powerful elderly care tool which is also being implemented in local houses of worship nationwide.
• PhilipsLifeline.com: This is definitely one of the best home-monitoring systems which provides the essential home-monitoring features for its users. Costing around $40.00, this system will give users peace of mind by merely pushing a button which hangs on a necklace around the user’s neck. Also available is a like device for the wrist.
There is even an AutoAlert option which calls the call center once a fall is detected by the device. An emergency call to care givers/911 is placed if response from the user is not coming.
Today the need for elderly care tools is growing with rising longevity among the elderly. However, no matter how effective any elderly care, several factors should be considered:
The elderly are adults with a mind of their own. Respect this and their privacy. Not all care given in elderly care should be technologically-minded. Many persons are not tech-oriented, as this writer — no matter the age. A strategy should be implemented which is personally adjusted per requirements. What suits one family or individual does not suit another.