Today, an increasing number of older adults are choosing to age in place within their own place of residence without relocating to a retirement community. To ensure that your older loved ones get to age gracefully in their own home, there are several home safety technologies for older adults that you can help to implement around the house.
Motion Sensing Light
The main allure of a motion-sensing light is to ensure that walkways, foyers, and pathways remain well-lit at all times when your older loved ones are passing through. The device can sense motion from any direction and your loved ones can rest easy, knowing that they can move freely around their home without fear of tripping over rugs or furniture. A motion-sensing light is especially helpful for older adults to navigate different areas of their home without having to switch on multiple lights to get to just one place. The device also automatically switches itself off when no motion is detected to help conserve energy.
Burner Alert for Stovetops
This is a simple device but it is highly useful for older adults who are forgetful or absent-minded. Your loved ones can multi-task several activities around the house like food preparation, cleaning, and others without having to constantly tend to their cooking. The burner alert will remind them in timed intervals through both visual and audio cues so that your loved ones will not forget to turn off the stove or oven amidst their activities. This can help to prevent burning their dishes and most importantly, prevent fires.
Automatic Pill Dispenser
Many older adults need help with medication management with age as they may overlook their prescription schedule from time to time. An automatic pill dispenser will dispense pills according to schedule so your loved ones do not have to miss their medication ever again. Whenever your loved ones miss a pill, an alert will be sent out to the caregiver’s tech device and an alarm will be sounded. The device will also help to prevent any overconsumption of pills which can be deadly.
Home Security System
It is always best to keep a watchful eye on your older loved ones and this can still be achieved even from a distance away. A home security system lets you monitor them without being too invasive. You can easily view video recordings of their home through a tech gadget that provides you with round-the-clock access. This enables you to detect any emergency situation which you can attend to immediately. You are also able to keep an eye out for intruders who are more likely to target the elderly.
For older adults with memory-related conditions like dementia, a memo minder will provide them with independence. The device records short messages which will play automatically every few hours or at any interval that can be programmed accordingly. You can get it to record helpful messages like “Remember to take your medication” or “Have you turned off the stove” and many other safety messages.