Learn how you can live at home longer as you age
Most of us prefer to stay in our own homes as we age. However, this can become concerning as our risk for falls increases and we lose our ability to perform certain daily tasks like we used to.
According to AARP, a 2021 survey showed that “more than three-quarters of U.S. adults age 50 and older want to stay in their current homes for as long as possible.” But “less than 10 percent of U.S. homes are ‘aging-ready,’” a study by the U.S. Census Bureau found.
Fortunately, many options exist to make your home a safer, more accommodating place. With a few adjustments, you can gain a sense of security and peace of mind while continuing to live independently.
Modify your home to prevent falls
Making certain adjustments to your home may be a little costly and time-consuming at first. But it’s an investment that can significantly impact your personal safety. The National Institute on Aging suggests taking the following steps at home to decrease your risk for falls:
- Don’t use area rugs and check that all carpets are fixed firmly to the floor.
- Replace handles on doors or faucets with ones that are comfortable for you to use.
- Install grab bars near toilets and in the tub or shower.
- Avoid falls by placing no-slip strips or non-skid mats on tile and wood floors or surfaces that may get wet.
- Place light switches at the top and bottom of stairs and remember to turn on night lights.
- Install a ramp with handrails to the front door.
Additionally, you should arrange furniture to ensure clear walking paths. Also, check for anything in the house that could be a trip hazard. For example, low tables, ottomans, exposed electrical cords, children’s toys, or pet toys can all pose a risk. Move these items to a safe area or get rid of them all together for your safety.
Furthermore, it’s important to remember that falls and injuries can occur outside, around the home, as well. Be sure to scan the driveway and other frequently visited outdoor areas for anything that could cause falls. Some common things to look out for include water hoses, lawn décor, low fences, or large rocks in the yard.
Technology can help you age in place
Along with making home modifications, technology can also play a vital role in keeping you safe as you age. From medical alert devices to smart doorbells and lighting, more options exist for seniors than ever before.
Medical alert devices for falls, plus more
When it comes to falls, medical alert devices are among the most effective tools seniors can have. This technology can significantly ease worries and stress surrounding falls for both the elderly and their family. Medical alert devices are offered as a stationary system or worn around the neck or wrist. Some systems can automatically detect falls and call for help. Others have a button that can be pushed in an emergency.
Electronic Caregiver has created the most advanced senior care technology on the market today. The company offers medical alert devices that provide more than just help in an emergency. For customers who prefer wearables, the company has the Premier. The Premier is a personal security pendant that can be worn around the wrist or neck. It provides 24/7 emergency response at the touch of a button, care plan reminders, caregiver connectivity, and geolocation/cellular-based services. Additionally, the Premier includes 24/7 doctor-on-demand services through pocketMD.
For those managing a chronic illness, customers can also subscribe to Electronic Caregiver’s Pro Health, a smart health hub. Along with 24/7 emergency response at the touch of a button and care plan reminders, the Pro Health provides 24/7 vitals monitoring. Vitals data, collected via Bluetooth devices, can be shared with designated providers, caregivers, and family members in real time.
The next level of care
Electronic Caregiver’s newest and most innovative product is Addison Care. Addison is a living avatar that helps fill the gaps in care for the elderly and chronically ill. The Virtual Caregiver acts as a medical alert device while engaging with clients through voice and touch interaction. Addison ensures clients stay safe and healthy with 24/7 emergency response and vitals monitoring. The Virtual Caregiver also assists clients in adhering to their care plan by providing customizable reminders. Addison is the next level of care and can provide seniors with a sense of security like never before. Not to mention, Addison provides companionship through fun conversation and entertaining features throughout the Virtual Caregiver’s world.
Other tech options
Along with medical alert and care management technology, other devices exist to help keep seniors safe in their own homes. For example, video doorbells, or smart doorbells, are another home safety option. Smart doorbells allow two-way conversation and the ability to view the person outside your home before opening the door. Other home safety technology includes smart locks, smart lighting, smart stoves and ovens, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. All of these things can help the elderly live independently with confidence.
Aging in place is possible
In conclusion, aging in place is possible with the right preparation and planning. Certainly, today’s technology has made it easier for the elderly to live in their homes longer. And, as technology continues to evolve, seniors can expect even more options to help them stay healthy, safe, and secure. By taking the proper steps, seniors and their loved ones can have the peace of mind they deserve.