These days, older adults are overrun with an explosion of hi-tech products aimed at enhancing their self-reliance and safety and providing life enrichment. At a touch of a button or two, seniors can instantaneously pay a visit “in person” with family and friends through Skype, wear a pendant that reacts with emergency help and support when required, and even remain safe from wandering away with specialized sensors attached to clothing or shoes. But, there are challenges for seniors using technology.
The issue arises in how to inspire older adults (and the family members who care for them) to move from a low-tech frame of mind to embracing all that’s available to them, something that’s always top of mind for us at Heaven at Home Senior Care. A recent Caring.com research report revealed that as few as 15% of families providing care for aging loved ones are actually making use of technology.
Several frequent hurdles:
- A stigma. Many people may consider the use of certain technology, such as medical alert jewelry, as the loss of their freedom.
- Requiring help. Encountering problems with technology causes many older adults and their caregivers to quit trying to get gadgets to work.
- Time. Finding time to learn and try something new is particularly challenging for busy families who provide care for their loved ones.
If you want to try to incorporate healthcare technology into senior caregiving but are facing these difficulties, call on Heaven at Home Senior Care for help. Our capable and patient caregiver s can help conquer the technological obstacles by:
- Suggesting technology that suits a loved one’s personality and issues
- Setting up and providing instruction on how to use the technology
Whether it is teaching someone how to enjoy apps on a tablet device, or arranging for a personal medical alert system, we can keep older adults connected to friends and family and help them enjoy life to the fullest. Reach out to us any time at 940-380-0500 to learn more about our senior care in Frisco and throughout the greater Dallas area.