By Chris and Laurie Kemp, CSAs
One thing that everyone strives for is peace of mind. Whether you are a senior caring for your spouse or an adult caring for a parent you want them to be independent, but you also want to know they are safe. There are many new gadgets that can provide that safety net and provide some piece of mind.
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If you have a loved one who is a wander risk, here are some possibilities. GPS SmartSoles. These shoe inserts have a GPS chip in them. They are a bit pricey, but shoes might be less likely forgotten than other GPS devices.
Door alarms come in a variety of set ups. The simplest is one that attaches to a door. When the door is opened a remote chime is sounded. They can be set up to monitor one or many doors. This type can be found at a pretty low cost.
Pill reminders are common and helpful. You can find ones that you can monitor remotely. If the pills are not removed within the prescribed time someone will be notified.
Forgetfulness can also mean that appliances can be forgotten and left running. This can be managed with a device with an adjustable timer. Set the maximum amount of time that you would have the appliance running and it will automatically be turned off at that time.
When someone lives alone the concern may be that they might fall or become sick and not be able to contact someone. There are several types of sensors and monitors that can help in these situations. There pendants that can be worn that can tell the difference between falling and sitting. If they detect a fall they will contact a pre-programmed phone number. Some of these can be used outside the home as well.
Motion and other types of sensors in the home can detect movement or lack of movement. There is quite a variety depending on what needs monitoring. Some simply track that there is movement. If you see that there is not that may be cause for concern. Others can monitor things such as: How frequently is the refrigerator door being opened; how often is the bathroom being used; is a loved one getting up frequently at night.
As the Baby Boomer population continues to age, their care needs will continue to grow. Our families and assisted living communities will need technology to help in caring for our family members.