There are many devices capable of helping your senior loved one maintain a healthy life, but it can be difficult deciding which ones he or she will get the most use out of. The staff at Home Care Assistance Grand Rapids hopes to help make those decisions easier with this list of gadgets that promote elderly health.
- Wearable Fitness Trackers
Access to day-to-day health information in an easy-to-understand format can be a great way to encourage your loved one to take charge of his or her health. Fitness trackers are small wristbands that can be worn 24/7 to monitor many aspects of health, such as biometrics, heart rate, movement, and sleep cycle, often including associated apps for tracking diet and exercise. The more features a tracker has, the more expensive it can be, so a simple heart tracker can cost as low as $40, while advanced multi-biometric trackers can run $100 or higher.
- Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS)
For seniors at risk of falls, heart attacks, or strokes, a PERS can make all the difference in keeping them safe. A PERS consists of a device, typically a necklace or bracelet, and an alert service. There are many companies that offer PERS devices, but those offering readily available customer service, free trial periods, and extended warranties may be the best bet. A PERS device can cost between $30-$50, plus an additional monthly service cost. For seniors on the go, a cell phone may work better since most PERS devices rely on home phone lines to work.
- Big-Button Phones and Remotes
Traditional phones and remotes with their tiny and hard-to-see buttons can become a challenge for many elderly people to operate, especially those with changing motor skills, tremors, and vision loss. Your loved one can pick from the many different options to meet his or her exact needs, whether those needs be a larger screen, simpler operating system, or just bigger buttons. These phones and remotes come in a variety of price points, from as low as $30 to over $100.
- Temperature Control Systems
Stoves and hot showers can be a major burn risk for seniors if used improperly, but a variety of specialized devices are available for preventing burns. These devices can monitor temperature and automatically shut off stoves and showers if they reach a dangerous level. Systems typically cost around $50, plus cost of installation.
While gadgets and gizmos can certainly help make everyday living easier for your loved one, take his or her health and comfort a step further and reach out to Home Care Assistance. We offer live-in and part-time hourly care in Grand Rapids, and our caregivers are expertly trained to help with a wide variety of daily responsibilities, ensuring seniors maintain a high quality of life in the comfort of home. Give one of our qualified Care Managers a call at 616-243-0835 to schedule a free in-home consultation.