Monday, March 30, 2009

Elderly Safer With Tech Gadgets

I'm still part of the old school who wonders whether this techy stuff is really good for civilization. There can be no doubt, however, that at least some peace of mind for long-distance caregivers can be delivered if these devices are used to keep an eye on mom and dad.   

Kim Komando, a journalist in our local paper, reviewed some of the latest safety gadgets to preserve and protect your parents independence.

Take web cams, for instance.  Buy matching models with panning and tilting features and hook up to Skype for inexpensive monitoring.  

You may want to opt for a security camera which provides viewing and/or email and text alerts.
  
Or a two-way intercom may fit your bill.  Consider senior-friendly cell phones, panic buttons or personal emergency response systems.  

Microsoft's HealthVault or Honey HomMed's Sentry Telehealth Monitor downloads vital health  statistics where they can be scrutinized before health related issues escalate. 


Ms Komando further suggests complete systems such as eNeighbor, QuietCare and SimplyHome (all with monthly fees and usually supervised by professionals) for additional instruments  to ensure the well-being of your loved ones and peace of mind for you.  

Finally, check health insurance policies to determine if any of these expenses can be covered.  


4 comments:

jdubars said...

Hi. I recently learned about you site from a "google alert." You have informative and useful information on your site and it shows you have spent time with it and that you care. My name is Elie and I am involved in a site called ElderGadget. It's a blog to share news and reviews about gadgets, new and old, which are friendly to seniors. If you have the time, I invite you to take a look and tell us what you think. I am putting your site in our favorites and intend to visit time to time. Keep up the wonderful work. Our email address is eldergadget@gmail.com. Great job! Elie

Ms. 50something said...

Hi Elie,
I will most definitely check out ElderGadget. I'm always open to great websites which can help boomers and seniors. Thanks for letting me know.
Sue

James Alexander said...

Dear, Sue

What a terrific Web site and a very informative article, thank you so much for your efforts!
My friend Elie suggested I visit your site, and I certainly will return.

Diane J Standiford said...

And gadgets for the elderly also usually translate well into assistance for the disabled. My insurance paid for First Alert button and I had to use it often, a real life-saver. I am so surprised that MORE companies don't sell such items; they are very helpful to all.