July 21, 2022 by Dean Bellefeuille

senior lady and caregiver looking at tablet

“You are always free to choose what you do with your life. To make changes in your future, make new choices today.” – Brian Tracy

Selecting where to live in our older years isn’t straight forward. The vast majority of older adults would rather remain at home as they age, however it is not without concerns. Can it be safe? What about mobility issues or any other physical limitations? What if an older adult falls and is unable get up?

The good news is, there are a wide variety of solutions which make aging in place feasible for seniors. Technology, for example, is continually evolving and developing, providing solutions to the difficulties that may surface as we grow older. Just look at these types of technology for seniors and how they are enhancing life at home for older adults!

Remote Patient Monitoring

Remote patient monitoring connects people with their physicians in ground breaking ways: wearable devices to track vital signs, smart pill bottles with sensors, bio-ingestible capsules seniors can swallow, even electronic tattoos that will gauge the progression of pneumonia. It’s a step above telehealth appointments, providing more in-depth information on an individual’s health condition than can be detected via a video conference.

Home Safety

Smart devices provide peace of mind to a senior living alone – and to the members of the family who care about them. Seniors can choose from specific products that meet a certain need, such as a smart doorbell, door lock, or fire alarm, or entire smart security packages with all of these features and much more.

Additionally, a smart speaker system such as Amazon Echo or Google Nest Audio works by voice command, an essential component to a home technology system. The older adult can simply say what they need, for example, calling for assistance, and technology takes care of it.

Whole Home Automation

For people who want to jump into technology with both feet, a central control system will allow for a number of functions to be done at the touch of a tablet or smartphone, for example, lights, security cameras, sensors, window shades, thermostat, music, Wi-Fi, and so much more.

Michael Miller, author of My Smart Home for Seniors, sums up the many benefits of technology for seniors: “Technology helps all homeowners, but especially seniors, by automating things that are a pain or difficult to do.”

Of course, a human touch is definitely essential for safe and independent living at home, regardless of how many tech tools we utilize! Connect with in-home care experts At Home Independent Living at (315) 579-HOME (4663) for personalized senior care Syracuse, NY, and other areas prefer most. For more information on all of the communities we serve in New York, please review our Service Area page.