Top Health Tech For Elderly Relatives

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There are many adults up and down the country who look after elderly relatives. Some of these are official carers and get a small amount of carer’s allowance each month, though most simply do it out of the kindness of their hearts. But, whether someone is an official carer or not, one thing is the same for all the individuals who care for elderly relatives - they often worry about their safety and health when they are alone at home.

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Thankfully, there are now many tech devices that can greatly improve elderly people’s health. Not only that, though, but some can also help individuals stay safe in their own home. As a result, carers do not need to be with them at all times and are able to take a bit more time out from their duties. This can be good for both parties, as the elderly can often become frustrated when someone is looking after them all the time, and the carers can often become stressed from all the responsibility.

If you are currently looking after an elderly relative or friend and think that you could both benefit from some technology, then it’s worth reading on. Here are some of the best tech devices for the elderly out there.

Life Alert

Life Alert systems are home medical devices that the elderly can use to alert their carer or relatives if they ever get into any difficulties around the home. For example, if an individual were to have a fall and unable to get up, they could use this device to call whoever administrates their main form of care. It is also possible to change the device’s emergency contact so someone else can be contacted in the event that the main caregiver is unavailable, for instance, if they are on vacation. There are some downsides to getting this device though. One is that users are tied into a three-year contract so even if they find a cheaper alternative, they will have to continue paying for their life alert system for three years.

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TabSafe Medication Management

The elderly can easily get confused, and this can affect their ability to do everyday tasks. One responsibility that can sometimes be too much for them to take care of themselves is taking their daily medication. This can be especially confusing for them if they need to take different tablets on different days. The TabSafe Medication Management system makes this easier, though, as it dispenses the required medication according to the day. It can also sound alerts through the day if someone needs to take tablets at regular intervals throughout the day. That way, they won’t forget to take their medication even if they are home alone one day!

Pocket Finders

If you have an elderly relative who suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s, then you will probably already know about the risk of them wandering off on themselves. People who suffer from these illnesses get very confused very quickly, and they can suffer from short and long-term memory loss. That means they might forget where they are if you take them out for the day. They might end up trying to get home without you when you aren’t looking. This will obviously cause a lot of stress for everyone involved. They might feel extremely anxious when they start to think they are lost and can’t remember their way home. Their carer or relative will get very stressed indeed when they realize that they have gone missing. Thankfully, Pocket Finders bring peace of mind in these kinds of situations. You just need to pop a device into you relative’s pocket and acts as a GPS locator. If you ever lose contact with your relative, you can check for the GPS signal using your mobile phone, which makes it very easy to locate them.

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Pedometers

No matter how old we are, staying active is still an incredibly important part of our lifestyle. Even those individuals who are quite frail should try and fit in some activity to their day, even if it just walking around their home as much as possible. One good way for the elderly to make sure they are getting enough exercise is to invest in a pedometer. All they need to do is clip it onto their jumper and then it will record the number of steps they take through the day. The goal for a fit adult is 10,000 steps each day. Obviously, this might be difficult for someone to hit if they are especially frail or elderly. But rather than setting themselves goals like this, elderly people can use their pedometer to track their daily walking to make sure that they are always hitting the same number every day.

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Telikin

These days, getting an appointment to see a family doctor can often take a couple of weeks. Not only that, though, but the elderly can sometimes struggle to make it to their doctor’s practice if they are particularly frail or unwell. Thankfully, there is now a website that offers medical consultations over live web chats and emails. To use Telikin, you just need to buy a special touch screen device. Don’t worry; it comes with the software already downloaded and ready to go, so you just need to turn it on to start using it. Whenever someone needs to, they can instantly start chatting with a medical expert and easily share any necessary photos with them. The touchscreen device is exceptionally easy to use, even by those who don’t have much experience with other forms of technology. Current users find that Telikin has helped them to cut down the number of doctor’s appointment they need to make as they are now able to talk to a professional who can put their mind at rest if there is nothing wrong.

As you can see, there are lots of tech devices that are of a great help to the elderly. What’s more, they can all give their carers valuable peace of mind as well!

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