4 Helpful Devices for Seniors Living at Home
As our bodies age, it can become challenging to continue using everyday items around our house. While living at home, we need more specialized devices that adhere to our specific needs. Cariloop understands how difficult it can be to keep your independence as you age.
We want to help make life a little easier and give your caregiver peace of mind knowing you are able to easily use items around your home.
We have come up with some great helpful devices to consider as you or your loved one continue to live at home.
It’s hard enough to remember to take your medication, but remembering which day, what time, and the dosage can be extremely challenging. We’ve all seen the generic pill dispensers with the separate compartments that puts you in charge of tracking your medication. But can those really be effective for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or Dementia?
Luckily, there is now newer technology for pill dispensers that can let you know when it is time to take your medication. With an audio alarm and flashing light, these dispensers can be beneficial for those with visual or hearing impairments. By filling it up with a full week’s worth of medication, it is then easy to take your pills on a schedule that is kept electronically within the device.
Most of these newer devices even have a type of lock so the patient will not be able to open it and have access to all the pills at once. This is extremely important for those with memory problems so they cannot exceed the amount of medication recommended for that period of time.
Every home needs a telephone; it’s our most-used communication device. However, it becomes difficult for us to use the same types of phones as we age. We are in need of devices that are easy to operate but also have the features that enhance our senses.
Amplified speakers allow the listener to have control over the volume that is comfortable for them. This can be especially beneficial for those that may have a hearing impairment and wear hearing aids. Large buttons on the device are also helpful for those that may not see as well as they used to. There are even telephones that have buttons with photo frames so that you can remember which speed dial number calls which person.
It can be comforting to know that your aging loved one has access to a type of telephone that they are able to use. Having special additions to their everyday device can keep them socially involved in the outside world as they continue to age.
Personal Emergency Response System
Personal Emergency Response Systems are what every senior living at home needs. The main concern when having your loved one live at home is safety. If something unfortunate were to occur, such as suddenly becoming ill or injured from a fall, they may not be able to get to a phone. Luckily there are devices that your loved one can wear in case an event like this were to happen.
There are numerous amounts of Emergency Response Systems for seniors that are cost effective and fit the needs of the person wearing it. The best response systems should be reliable, simple to use, and light weight. It is also beneficial to know what type of alert capability you are wanting. Some emergency responders only send an alert when a button is pushed. Other high-tech devices can detect if the person wearing it has fallen, but can understand the difference between a fall and bending or crouching down.
These devices can give your caregiver peace of mind as well. Knowing that you are safe and are able to call for help when needed lifts a burden in the eyes of a caregiver. Safety is, and will always be, the most important factor when deciding if you or your loved one will be able to live at home.
Easy Grip Utensils
Easy grip utensils are great for those that have trouble holding their silverware due to arthritis or weakened dexterity. For most seniors, the handles on their utensils are too small, causing them to drop them or not be able to use them properly. Easy grip utensils consist of an oversized handle with contouring material for a stable grip. These simple to use devices can be effortlessly maneuvered and are used just as any silverware would be.
Most of these types of utensils are twistable so that you can position them to be most comfortable for you. If you have minimal wrist movement, these tools make mealtime simpler and help you to maintain your independence in the kitchen.