Assistive Technology for Seniors

Caring for a senior parent isn’t easy. You worry that they will take their medications, take care of themselves, and be able to live safely in their homes. If you are caring for your parents from a distance, the worries may be even greater since you cannot stop in to check on your parents the way you could if you lived in the same town. You may even be thinking about whether your parent needs to move closer or even move into a senior living facility.

Senior Care Pittsford NY - Assistive Technology for Seniors

Senior Care Pittsford NY – Assistive Technology for Seniors

The good news is that more and more seniors are able to remain in their homes thanks to services that are available in today’s world. One way to ensure your parent can stay safely at home is to hire a senior care provider through an agency. A senior care professional gives your parent’s care that personal touch and you know that someone is checking in with your parents to keep them safe and healthy.

In addition to hiring a senior care provider, you may want to consider purchasing some assistive technologies that can make the care your parents receive even better. There are technologies available that can help your parent with various aspects of life, and even some that let you or their senior care provider check in via the Internet to see how things are going. Below are some assistive technologies that may be useful for your parent.

GrandCare Systems
GrandCare is a system that works via the Internet. It serves as both an aid for care and a device for social connection. The system can track your parent’s daily activity and keep tabs on medical information, such as glucose levels and blood pressure. The system can also be used to display care information, like specialized diet plans. In addition, your parent can use the interactive screen to keep in touch with family by letting them view photos, play games, or video chat with family members.

MedMinder
The MedMinder is a device that helps to ensure seniors receive and take their medications on time. It can be especially valuable when a senior takes a number of medications at different times each day. The device requires a caregiver to fill the medicine tray and insert it into the device. You can then log on to the Internet and set the schedule for dispensing medications. When it’s time to take a medication, the device beeps to remind your parent. If that doesn’t work, the alert process escalates until you receive a notification that your parent has failed to take their medicine.

TV Ears
TV Ears are designed to help people with hearing loss to continue watching television without the need for turning the volume up so high that it is a nuisance to others in the home. Your parent can set the headset to the level that is right for them without affecting the television volume for anyone else. While this device may not be essential to care, it can improve the quality of your parent’s life.

Reminder Rosie
Reminder Rosie is a clock that talks and works through voice activation. Reminders can be set for anything from taking medications to feeding the dog. A senior care provider or family caregiver programs the clock with a reminder that sounds at the pre-set time. Your parent turns the reminder off with a voice command or by touching the clock.

Sources:  http://www.homecaremag.com/top-10-technology-devices-seniors
http://www.aarp.org/home-family/personal-technology/info-2014/is-this-the-end-of-the-nursing-home.html

If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care Services in Pittsford NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and surrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)