The elderly have always had a struggle to keep control of where they live and stay. With each passing moment they are thought to be less independent by most of the family members. Some family will even push the issue of placing the elderly into a special care home if they feel that the elderly are unable to care or protect themselves from dangers, especially if there are underlying health concerns associated with it. Technology plays a key role in allowing seniors to stay at home longer.
Health monitoring systems exist which allow for the elderly to get proper health checking while living on their own. This makes it possible for them to stay at home, to live a more normal and safer lifestyle. Along with these health monitoring systems, there are special medical alarm devices that can help to keep an elderly citizen safe. Such medical alert devices can alert a fire department upon detection of fire or smoke, or alert paramedics to rush to your home when a button is depressed with this technology.
Power scooter technology even allows for the mobility disabled elderly to move around where they were unable to before. This can be a great help for those who wish to stay home, but fear being unable to live on their own based on mobility issues. Power scooters are available from many companies that produce various different models for different situations. Power scooter technology is always being updated as well. You may even be able to get a model that has an extended battery life to allow for many hours of operation time on a charge.
Emergency systems also play a key role in elderly independence at home. There is no excuse for living at home alone without an emergency system. These emergency systems can be many different systems as well. Home fire and smoke detection systems, theft and break in alarms as well as health monitoring systems. These technologies could end up saving someone’s life in an emergency when no one else is around to protect them.
Even though technologies such as these are available to make it easier for elderly independence, nothing compares to the human touch. Taking care of yourself may need some extra care that you can only get with the processing power and advanced diagnostics that a human can provide. Humans can think for themselves, as where a machine will not be able to. It would be better to have a live person help you in your time of need than a machine if possible.
Rachel Wiggett is an undergrad communications student working part time in a nursing home. She finds the work difficult but extremely rewarding, and good help is hard to find indeed! As communication technology advances at an incredible pace, I hope to see the same efforts applied to elderly care.