Tools for Aging in Place
Living at Home: The Tools for Aging in Place
Home is where our minds are and we love our homes with our bodies and souls. Home is where the heart is and it represents a longing for independence that burns in every individual. The longing for independence doesn’t fade as our bodies get older, but the ability to maintain it, unfortunately does. Not surprisingly, there are a number of studies that indicate that seniors desire to age in place as they get older as opposed to moving to an assisted living facility. This requires coordination on the part of adult children, friends and caretakers of the elderly parent. Luckily there are a number of tools that can be used to make the transition much smoother.
There are a number of changes that can be made in the home to make it safer for senior citizens who want to age in place. This includes rails and non-slip surfaces in high traffic “wet” areas like kitchens and bathrooms, levered faucets, and wheelchair-accessible counters. Also, no-tech assistive devices, like grabbers, can be a tremendous help in maneuvering a household.
Devices that help caretakers monitor loved ones are important for safety and gives them the opportunity to live a life that’s not completely centered on providing care. The EyeOn app can provide peace of mind. The app allows the caregiver to set a specific time in which their elderly parent will receive a notification. The elderly parent will be asked to respond to the notification. If they don’t respond within the required time period, the caregiver is immediately alerted, giving them time to get any necessary help. There are also apps that help seniors who are aging in place and their caregivers track daily medications.
The loss of hearing happens to nearly all of us as we grow older. Along with hearing aids, there are a number of devices that can make aging in place easier, including vibrating phones and alarms.
We can’t deny the importance of companionship in the aging in place process. While many seniors desire to live at home, this unfortunately means living alone. As adult children and friends move away, it’s important for the elderly individual to make a connection with others around them, in addition to the community around them. Video chat programs, like Skype, can allow seniors to see and talk to children, grandchildren and friends on a regular basis. There are also a number of groups that get seniors out of the house and among peers. ElderFriends, a visitation program, is a great resource to check out. Also, there are a number of programs organized via local community centers and churches.
The EyeOn app is an automated check-in system that can be set at pre-determined intervals in order to assure the safety and well-being of anyone who lives alone. If they do not respond, caregivers are notified immediately. The EyeOn app provides peace of mind for caregivers and freedom for their loved ones.