You are now facing those golden years that are not so golden after all. Are you finding it difficult to do many ordinary things in your everyday life? Have friends and family members questioned your ability to live home alone? Are you beginning to wonder about these things yourself?
Simple tasks like cleaning, vacuuming, dressing, cooking and preparing food are becoming increasingly difficult for you to do on your own. You need something that can help monitor your heart rate or other body functions. You’ve lost the ability to hear the TV or those around you. Getting around shopping and simply taking necessary medications seems to be a task for you now.
There’s Good News Ahead!
Your greatest fear is that soon all of those freedoms that you cherish so much will be taken away and you don’t want to become another dreaded number in a nursing home. The good news is there are many alternatives available to keep many of those freedoms right in your own home and preserve your dignity as well.
Around the Home
Regular upkeep of a home on a daily basis can be a struggle for some, but with today’s technology, you can live like the Jetsons (in a sense) and have a robot to do the cleaning for you! Floors can be kept clean and free of dust, dirt, bacteria, pet hair, and many other unwanted things with inventions like robotics company, iRobot, that offer the modern Roomba vacuuming device along with other home cleaning robots. With its robotic technology, it cleans your entire floor surfaces and roams throughout the house picking up debris. It actually reconnects itself when it’s finished to its own charging unit. The only help it would need from you is emptying it out whenever it alerts you it’s full.
And what about other cleaning aspects of the home, like in the kitchen? Thanks to companies like Samsung and LG, upgrading to more smart technology appliances not only save you time, but money as well. With more sustainable features, you no longer have to mess with dishwasher or laundry washer settings and figure out how your washer works uniquely to you. Most smart appliances simply need to be loaded and that’s about it. They can detect the soil level and will start the cycle on its own from there.
For the elderly, getting ready can be a real hassle with buttons, zippers, and other intricate accents on clothing. Thankfully, specialized companies have many time-saving machine washable, wrinkle free shirts and pants and many keep away from buttons and zippers and offer styles with Velcro or snap closings. They also have a wide variety of adaptive styles of clothing and footwear designs for men and women. These make the task of dressing oneself more easy and simple.
There are other accessories that can be worn that are a growing trend in today’s modern tech world. Smart wrist bands that are worn throughout your daily activity that help monitor your heart rate and health statistics as you go about your normal day can be more than just a fitness monitoring tool. All the information is usually stored within an app, allowing yourself or a loved one to check on your status daily and can record how far you walked, your overall hear rate, your calories and body positions. It’s a great way to reflect on times of the day you have more trouble than others based on the activities you were performing at the time. If you’re looking for accessories that are more precautionary, such as Life Station, Life Alert, Alert-1, and First Alert, devices like these can help monitor your heart rate and other important body functions as well, but the benefit here is there’s immediate access to emergency services if needed. These can also alert authorities for such emergencies as fire, home intrusion, and will notify the police, should you ever need them. Some have no contract with low monthly service charges, and you can cancel at any time.
And of course, when it comes to quality hearing, there are some incredible digital hearing aid devices available today. Whether you’re looking for actual hearing aid devices for more permanent use or hearing assistance for certain occasions, there’s something on the market for every situation. For some, all you want is to be able to listen to your favorite show without cranking the TV volume up too loud for anyone else in the household to tolerate. Opt for a set of low cost wireless headphones to make TV listening easier for you. They can allow you to hear everything around you again and there are several resources such as your local chapter of the Lions Club, and the Veterans Association to help you pay for them.
It’s more than likely that you’re also on a strict regimen for your prescribed medications. But it’s also fair to say that many seniors are taking more than just one or two medications and for some, the standard 7-day container isn’t enough. Today, automatic pill dispensers can be set to alert you when yo need to take your medications. To be specific, not all medications are the same and they don’t all require the same schedule of consumption. These smart dispensers can beep you when it’s time to take your medication designated to be taken twice a day, your three times a day prescription, even your every other day prescription. Now, taking the right medication at the right time of day couldn’t be any easier and it proven to be much more functional than your standard pill containers. See the video below as an example:
Living at home and getting around to perform daily tasks doesn’t have to be a strenuous, exhausting feat. You can live your daily life and allow technology to lend a helping hand and fill any void. By opting for technological advanced help whenever necessary, you can reclaim your independence and avoid any self-doubt or lack of dignity. These innovations were created in order to help make living easier, so don’t hesitate to take advantage of it!