Today’s generation of seniors is overwhelmed with a plethora of high tech products aimed at enhancing their lives and improving their safety and independence. They can wear a necklace that responds with emergency assistance when needed, instantly visit “in person” with friends and family through Skype, and even be prevented from wandering with specialized sensors attached to clothing or shoes.
The issue becomes how to inspire seniors (and those who care for them) to shift from a low-tech mindset to embracing all that’s available to them. A recent Caring.com survey showed that as few as 15% of families caring for senior loved ones are actually utilizing technology. The main issue?
- Stigma. Many people see the use of certain technology, such as medical alert jewelry, as a sign of lost independence.
- Support. Troubleshooting technology products that aren’t working correctly causes many seniors and their caregivers to give up on trying to make the technology work.
- Time. Finding time to allot to trying and learning something new is especially difficult for busy caregivers.
If you’re interested in incorporating a little technology into your loved one’s senior home care but are facing these trials or others, call on A-Abiding Care of Park Ridge, IL for help. Our trained and sensitive caregivers can help overcome the technology hurdles by:
- Making recommendations for technology that are appropriate for a particular person’s needs and personality
- Setting up and providing assistance on how to use the technology
Whether it is setting up a personal medical alert system or teaching someone how to enjoy applications on a tablet device, we can help seniors stay connected to family and friends and enjoy life to the fullest! To learn more about our senior home care services in Park Ridge, Chicago and the surrounding area, contact the A-Abiding Care team today!