Many older adults want to "age in place", staying in their homes until the end of their lives. One of the biggest challenges for aging in place is safety.
The commercial "I've fallen and I can't get up" has played over and over like a bad song that you can't get out of your head. The commercial hasn't changed in twenty-one years, but the safety device market most certainly has.
Home devices now include Medical Alert Systems, Medication Adherence Devices, Seizure Alert/Monitoring, and Wandering Prevention Devices.
While safety devices are easy to purchase online, the biggest challenge is making sure you've selected the right device, and that it gets set up properly. A safety device that is not properly set up is completely useless.
Interesting devices currently on the market include:
Fall Detector – A Safety device that automatically calls the monitoring company when it detects a fall. It doesn't wait for the wearer to push a button.
Wandering Detector - A GPS watch-like device that the individual wears and if they wander, their contact person is able to find their location and the direction they are walking through a Maps web portal.
Seizure Detector - A device that detects (and records) seizures, notifying the contact list when one occurs.
Medication Reminder- A device that dispenses medication on a set schedule.
The owner of Caring Solutions, Melanie Keech, has been serving Northern Colorado Older Adults for over thirteen years. She is passionate about helping older adults age in place safely, by matching them with the right products and systems to assist them in doing so.