Our seniors tell us that remaining independent for as long as possible is a primary goal. And although we would like to think that we can keep up and do everything to assist our aging parents, we could use a bit of help from the electronic world and adaptive technology from time to time. Luckily, today’s focus on technology and gadgetry provides a new spin on innovative senior care when it comes to helping Mom or Dad at home.
Family caregivers are creative and resourceful when it comes to adapting technology and other common items for useful tools that can make their senior’s life more comfortable, engaging, and enjoyable. And, with the Boomers defining new trends each day, our marketplace is responding to the call for a better and easier way to accomplish daily tasks. Let’s take a look at some of the gadgets that can help may daily tasks a bit easier and more rewarding:
Large font e-readers. The assortment of electronic tablets, notebooks and slim-design laptops provides an opportunity to increase font size, offer bright back lighting and high contrast screens for those with vision impairments.
Enhanced computer keyboards. For just over $100 a new keyboard with larger keys and high-contrast color schemes allows those with vision concerns and dexterity issues a more comfortable computing experience.
E-mail-friendly printers. Some all-in-one computer printers have Internet connections and this allows senders to deliver emails directly to the printer, bypassing the computer.
Cell phones and land lines. Telephone manufacturers have answered the call for bigger buttons, brighter screens and louder speakers. Also, land lines now offer large-view key pads and caller-announcing features.
Medication reminders. Technology has carried the weekly pill box forward to computer-based medication reminder systems and monitoring systems that allow long-distance caregivers to check on the frequency of pill dispensing.
Alarm clocks. Bedside clocks have adapted to accommodate the needs of vision and hearing impaired users by incorporating lighting, vibration, and voice-activated features.
Robots and housekeepers. We may not be zipping through the skyways in our Jetson-model flying cars, but our robots can clean our homes. The iRobot series offers the Roomba vacuum, the Scooba mop and the Looj sweeps clean our gutters.
Even though we’re in the midst of a technology boom, some families rely on low-tech gadgets for simple communication strategies. A wireless doorbell is a great tool for parents sharing our homes. Simply place the door bell button next to a bed or favorite chair and then keep the receiver in the area where the family caregiver can hear the chime.
Does all of this electronic gadgetry have your mind spinning and you long for a pen and paper? Reach for the Ring Pen ( pen that’s easy on arthritic hands) and jot down some notes when you visit these sites for more ideas on gadgets. Check out eldergadget.com or caring.com for reviews of some of the latest tools for the home.
Have you made an adaptation in your home that has opened the door for more opportunities for your seniors? Please share with our readers!