Michigan seniors are swamped with an explosion of high tech senior care products targeted at enhancing their safety and independence and improving their lives. At the touch of a button or two, they can instantly visit “in person” with friends and family through Skype, wear a necklace that responds with emergency assistance when needed, even stay safe from wandering with specialized sensors attached to clothing or shoes, along with plenty of other senior care services.
The problem becomes how to encourage seniors (and those providing 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 using senior care services are actually using technology.
The common problems.
- Stigma. Many people see the use of certain technology, like medical alert jewelry, as the loss of their independence.
- Support. Setting up devices and understanding how to use them causes many older adults and their caregivers to give up on 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’re willing to try and incorporate healthcare technology into senior caregiving but are facing these complications, call on Home Sweet Home In-Home Care for help. Our sensitive and patient senior care assistants can help overcome the technology hurdles by:
- Making recommendations for technology that suits a loved one’s needs and personality
- Setting up and providing information 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, our in-home senior care services throughout the counties of Van Buren, Cass, Kalamazoo and Berrien, MI can help your loved one remain connected to family and friends and enjoy a richly rewarding life. Contact us today to learn more!