As we age, many of us wish to remain in our own homes as long as possible. But as we experience physical and mental health changes over time, we may need more mobility, medical, and technological assistance to stay safe and comfortable in our homes. Yet with the help of assistive technologies, seniors can maximize their independence, safety, and comfort while aging in place.
Benefits of Assistive Technology
Assistive technology is defined by the American with Disabilities Act as “any item, piece of equipment, product, or system, whether acquired commercial or modified, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functioning of individuals with disabilities”. It can range from a simple hand-held gadget to complex mechanical systems and pieces of equipment. Some examples of assistive technologies include hearing aids, walkers, wheelchairs, computer-based technology, specialized software and applications, and other aides.
Assistive technology can be an invaluable aid for seniors aging in place. It can provide independence and allow for more autonomy and independence by making everyday tasks easier to complete. It can increase safety as well, as some assistive technologies are designed to monitor motion and sound in the home and notify family and friends should there be an issue. Assistive technology can also improve cognitive functions as well, helping to reduce the risk of memory loss or confusion and enhance decision-making skills.
Types of Assistive Technology
There are a myriad of assistive technologies available to meet the unique needs of each individual. The most commonly used assistive technologies include:
- Mobility aids: canes, walkers, wheelchairs, etc.
- Medical devices: oxygen generators, blood pressure monitors, automatic pill dispensers, etc.
- Communication devices: computer-based visual and auditory technology, voice-activated systems, etc.
- Electronic aids: remote controls, audiovisual technology, safety alarms, intercoms, etc.
- Computer software: speech-to-text programs, medical reminders, etc.
There are also assistive technologies designed to help seniors living with chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease to manage their medical care from their homes. These range from items such as specialized medical equipment, insulin pumps, glucose monitors, and more.
How CaringEdge Can Help
At CaringEdge Health Services we understand the importance of staying independent as we age. That’s why we provide a range of services that can help make it easier to age in place with the help of assistive technologies. From home safety assessments to online education and resources, we have the tools and knowledge to help you learn more about what assistive technologies can do for you. We also can offer installation and monitoring services if needed. Let us help you access the support you need to continue aging in place with the help of assistive technology.