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Being a caregiver for your parent isn’t easy. You can’t realistically be there for them 24/7 but you want Mom and Dad to stay safe – even when you aren’t home. Rather than having arguments about more in-home care, turn to in-home technology. Whether you're a long-distance caregiver looking for resources or just need some additional support, these new tech gadgets will give you some peace of mind and keep Mom and Dad safe at home so they can stay independent.

Make Appliances Smart

Why not go big and go home? Marry smart technology with home staples.

  • Install a smart refrigerator. Do you have to go through the fridge for spoiled food every time you visit your parents? Minimize waste while keeping Mom and Dad well-fed with a smart fridge that keeps track of what it contains. It can warn you if something has expired and remind you when it’s time to restock.
  • Buy a smart mattress. Aging comes with enough aches and pains without a mattress adding to them. Smart mattresses adjust to different heights, firmness, temperature, and more. If your parents have had the same mattress for years, it is time to upgrade.

Forget Forgetfulness

We’re all familiar with forgetting where we put our keys, even without the effects of aging. Help Mom and Dad out with devices that remember the important stuff for them.

  • Use a medication reminder. Worried Mom and Dad won’t remember to take their medications? A medication reminder stores all of their medications, alerts them when it is time for the next dose, and prevents accidental overdose. Choose the classic version that sounds an alarm and unlocks itself or a fancy version with added lights and text alerts.
  • Install a personal assistant. Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Home are making waves among Baby Boomers. They are hands-free personal assistants that can play music, find TV shows, make phone calls, set reminders, and more. Whenever your parents have a thought, all they need to do is speak it aloud for their assistant to jot down.

Automate Safety in the Home

Make sure Mom and Dad are safe when you can’t be nearby with technological solutions that are always there. Falls are the leading cause for hospitalization among seniors, so use technologies like these to reduce fall risk for your parents.

  • Order a medical alert system. Older adults are more at risk of falls and other medical emergencies. Faster than dialing 911 on a cell phone, a medical alert means having trained operators called at the push of a button. Invest in a mobile alert system for safety on the go and add fall detection for an added layer of protection.
  • Switch to automatic lights. One of the biggest fall hazards at home is dim lighting. Install automatic, motion-sensor lights or clap on, clap off lights throughout their home. All lights in the house should be able to be turned on before walking into the room so they don’t have to fumble for the switch.
  • Upgrade the toilet. The bathroom is the most dangerous room in the house for falls, with its slippery floors and hard surfaces. Don’t risk Mom and Dad hitting the floor trying to close the toilet seat. A smart toilet will automatically open the lid, flush, and close the lid again all with the push of a button. Opt in for heated seats and a built in bidet for extra comfort and convenience.

Keep Parents Safe at Home

Your parents deserve a home that works for them and these gadgets are proven solutions to keeping older adults safe. With technology at their side, your Mom and Dad can enjoy the comfort and privacy of their home while you enjoy the peace of mind of knowing they’re safe.

About the Author(s)

Tracy Layden is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist. Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Tracy leads the marketing efforts at Alert-1, a personal safety technology and consulting firm dedicated to helping seniors live safely and independently. Tracy holds a degree in mathematics from Scripps College and is an accomplished ballroom dancer and equestrian.

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