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Tech Gadgets for Seniors: Enhance Independence & Safety

May 24, 2024

Tech gadgets are often thought of as being the domain of kids and teens. After all, they seem to have a natural affinity for video games, tablets, smartphones, and adopt new technology with ease. Not everything is for younger consumers, however, and many tech gadgets have proven to be useful, if not indispensable, for seniors.

Read on, for technologies that can enhance independent living and safety for today’s older adult. Some of these you may know, but some may surprise you!

Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS)

These devices allow seniors to summon emergency assistance with the push of a button, featuring 24/7 monitoring. They are great for private homes, and are also available at many independent living residences, including Carlton House, where all suites have emergency pull cords built in to the rooms.

Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are a game changer for many people. Not only do they allow those with hearing challenges to participate in regular day-to-day activities, but the use of them can help to prevent cognitive decline. There are many different styles, functionality, and accessories available for hearing aids, depending on your needs. For example, there are low-profile hearing aids that you can barely see, some have Bluetooth capabilities so you can connect them to your phone, some have accessories like a mobile microphone that you can put on the table during a group conversation. Some even connect to your TV!

At Carlton House we really believe in the power of hearing aids. To support this wonderful technology (and the quality of life that it brings), we bring in hearing clinics monthly.

Home Motion Detector Systems

Motion sensors can provide great piece of mind and be installed near doors or throughout the home. Modern systems have the ability to alert you or loved ones of any unusual activity, keeping you safe. This can be a real comfort for those living outside of retirement communities where there isn’t 24-hour monitoring of the premises.

Smartphones and Tablets Designed for Seniors

Did you know there are phones and tablets designed specifically with seniors in mind? These devices have extremely user-friendly interfaces and make it easy for seniors to stay connected with family and friends. There are also phones with larger buttons that are easier to see.

For those living at Carlton House who have a phone, tablet, computer, or any other communications device, help is just a few steps away via our weekly technology sessions. If you have an issue or question about your device, you can use this time to sit with a member of our team who will give you hands-on assistance or troubleshooting support to get you back on track with your devices!

GPS Trackers, Smartwatches

Equipped with emergency alert features, these devices can help locate seniors quickly during emergencies. They can also send alerts to loved ones in the event of a fall. What’s more, smartwatches are a handy gadget to connect to your phone, alerting you to calls and messages.

Health Devices

There are a lot of gadgets out there that can help with senior health. For example, automated medication dispensers can make life a lot easier for those with a complicated medication routine. These machines dispense the correct medications and amounts at the needed times and alert you when it’s time to take your pills. They can be a big help with reducing errors and keeping up necessary medication routines. Telehealth devices are another popular one, as they monitor blood pressure, glucose levels, and more, allowing those with chronic conditions to proactively manage them with real-time data.

Smart Home Assistants and Home Automation

Devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo can enable control of lights, thermostats, and TVs via voice, aiding those with limited mobility. Other devices can also be connected to these systems to work in harmony and make life easier for today’s tech savvy senior. Doorbell cameras and robot vacuum cleaners are great examples of this. Like the personal emergency response systems and home motion detectors mentioned earlier, these features can be a great tools for maintaining independence to those living on their own outside of an all-inclusive retirement community.

E-readers and Audiobook Players

Devices like Kindle or Kobo and services like Audible are available on most devices and provide accessible reading and listening experiences for those with visual impairments. The amount of content available on these reader platforms is impressive, with endless options for books, magazines, and newspaper articles!

Decisions, Decisions…

There’s no doubt about it: technology is advancing every day, and sometimes it can feel hard to keep up. The good news is that in many cases, we all get to pick and choose which new things we want to use and learn, basing that on our personal interests, and how much they’ll actually improve our day to day. Not all technology is for everyone, but it is always good to have options!

At Carlton House, our purpose is to make life easier and to keep you happy — not unlike these wonderful gadgets for seniors! We do this by providing outstanding services to the residents of our community that support their independence and free up time for them to do the things they enjoy. These are things like cooking, cleaning, connecting people, and keeping everyone safe. If you’d like to learn more about what we offer, please give us a call: 250-595-1914.

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