If you’re looking to help your elderly loved one be safe and comfortable in their own home, whether they’re planning on aging in place or will soon be moving to an assisted living facility, having the right tech in their home can make things a lot easier for them.
To help you know just what devices might be most useful, here are three helpful home tech devices to include in your elderly loved one’s home.
A Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant can be a great piece of tech to introduce into the home of your elderly loved one. Even if your elderly loved one is still completely mentally aware, having the help of a virtual assistant can help them keep track of and remember everything going on in their life.
For many elderly people, using traditional smartphones or tablets can be a challenge. Not only are they often unfamiliar with these devices, but the small screens and small text can be very difficult for them to see and use. Knowing this, having a virtual assistant whom they can speak with and have it take care of putting things into their phone or searching for someone within their device can make their life much easier. Additionally, using this tech can allow you to sync your own calendars or reminders together so that you can be another line of defense for your loved one, too.
Smart Appliances And Lights
Just as with everyone else, older people can forget to do certain tasks throughout the day. But if some of these tasks involve forgetting to turn off the stove or oven, this simple act of forgetfulness can be very dangerous.
To make sure things like this don’t result in catastrophic problems, having their home equipped with smart appliances that can be turned off or on remotely can make life much safer for them at home. Along with this, if your elderly loved one’s home has smart lighting options, you can program the lights to turn on or off at specific times of the day so that your loved one always has the best lighting to keep them safe from tripping and falling without having to keep the lights on all day and all night.
While you might think of security systems as being there to protect people within a home from outside threats, the right security system can also help people in the home that might be in danger for other reasons. For example, if a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector goes off, a security system can alert the authorities for the residents. And with smart doorbells, your elderly loved one can check who is at the door without having to open it up. All of these things can make life easier and safer for your loved one.
If you’re wanting to implement some tech into your elderly loved one’s home, consider how using the devices mentioned above could be the most useful.