Many of us who have elderly parents worry about their safety, smart home technologies make it easy to check in from anywhere while giving the elderly independent living. Modern technologies not only add safety and security to our daily lives, but they make it easy to get help when needed and stay in contact with our loved ones from across the hall or across the globe.
AARP reports :
Devices give older people the opportunity to avoid or delay the nursing-home decision
Phil D’Eramo used to call his parents four or five times a day to make sure they took their medication. An only child from upstate New York, D’Eramo was worried, especially about his 89-year-old father, who has Alzheimer’s disease. Were Mom and Dad eating often enough? When his father went out for short drives, was he getting home safely?
But D’Eramo has found peace of mind in a sleek system called Lively. It has six sensors that D’Eramo has placed on his parents’ pillboxes, the refrigerator, the microwave, the bathroom door and his father’s key chain.
Now he logs onto a website to check their activity, captured via cellular connection, and remotely monitors their medication. He sees the number of times Mom opens the refrigerator, and when Dad goes into the bathroom or heads out the door. The company can alert D’Eramo by text, email, Web or phone if something is out of the ordinary.
“Using this new technology allows me to feel emotionally confident and secure that my parents can stay in their home longer,” said D’Eramo, 44, a printing company salesman.
A dazzling array of new technology is giving older people more confidence in their ability to live alone, and it’s helping many families avoid the wrenching decision to move an aging parent from his or her home to a nursing facility. “Smart” technology such as sensors, voice activation, GPS, Bluetooth, cellular connectivity via mobile phones, smartphone monitoring apps and sophisticated computers are making aging in place a viable option for an increasing number of people.
“Technology is allowing me to stay on my own as long as I can — I would like to die right here in my condo,” said Phyllis Bek-gran of Venice, Fla., who turns 90 this month.