As we age, staying independent in our homes can become more challenging. We may begin to struggle with daily tasks that were once effortless. However, technological advancements can help us stay safe and maintain our independence for longer. Here are some ways to use technology to stay independent in your home.
- Home Assistants
Home assistants, such as Amazon’s Echo or Google Home, are voice-activated speakers that can assist you with various tasks. These devices can read you the news, play music, and set reminders. They can also control your smart home devices, such as lights and thermostats.
- Smart Home Devices
Smart home devices can help you control various aspects of your home, such as lighting, heating, and security. For example, smart lighting can help you navigate your home safely by turning lights on and off with voice commands or a smartphone app. You can also set up schedules or motion sensors to turn lights on automatically when you enter a room. This can help prevent falls and make it easier to see at night.
- Medication Reminders
Keeping track of your medications can become difficult as you age. However, there are a variety of medication reminder apps that can help you stay on track. These apps can remind you to take your medication at the appropriate time, alert you if you’ve missed a dose, and even order refills for you.
- Wearable Technology
Wearable technology, such as smartwatches and fitness trackers, can help you monitor your health and fitness. These devices can track your heart rate, count your steps, and monitor your sleep patterns. Some devices can even detect falls and alert your emergency contacts if you fall.
- Virtual Assistants on Mobile
Virtual assistants, such as Siri or Google Assistant, are built into your smartphone and can assist you with a variety of tasks. They can set reminders, make phone calls, and even send texts. Virtual assistants can also help you navigate the web or find information.
- Smart Home Monitoring Systems
Smart home monitoring systems (in-home cameras) can provide caregivers and family members peace of mind. These systems can be used to monitor activity, medication, and other important aspects of daily life. Some systems can even send alerts if there are changes in someone’s daily routine or behaviour.
Technology can help you maintain your independence and age in place. With the right devices and systems, you can stay connected to loved ones and healthcare providers and get the support you need to live your best life.
Don’t be afraid to try out new technology, and keep an open mind. With the right tools, you can stay independent in your home for longer.
If you want to learn more about any technology listed above, call Grandaids. Our team of mentors are knowledgeable and patient; they can assess your individual situation and advise on the right technology to suit your needs. Call Grandaids at 1800 472632