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Aging In Place Top Products?

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What are some recommended products we should consider for a single adult who wants to stay in their home? Particularly interested in safety and medication recommendations.

Aging in Place
Safety
Kay Bransford
1 month ago

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The Amazon Echo product with Alexa virtual assistant is intriguing because you can use it to schedule reminders for medication and make hands free calls. The "always on/listening" feature at first sounds invasive but it does serve as a digital sentry for the elder who is home alone. It's like the Life Alert product from the 90's but more useful. One of my biggest fears for my elderly parents is that they fall down and simply wait in pain for hours until someone finds them because they can reach their phone.

Philip Tuet
31 days ago
Good to know, have you had success with it or seen it in use with good recommendations? I loved the SNL commercial for Amazon Silver. ; > - Kay
I've seen a live demo but still trying to convince parents to go for it. Need to persuade them it's cool like their fancy iphones and not just for my peace of mind. - Philip
I agree that concept of an "intelligent robot" (for lack of a better term) is a great technology for aging in place. My 89 year old mother wants someone to respond to her needs. It doesn't need to be a doctor and it doesn't need to be me. That leaves a lot of space for assistance in-between. - Michael
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My 3 siblings and I are caring for our 91 year old mother who insists on staying in the family home. Our biggest challenge is communicatons. Whenever an adverse event occurs, triage is our biggest challenge, we need to understand what has happened, what resources are dealing with the problem and whether additional resources need to be added or not. We have a life alert type system, and if it works and an ambulance or police are needed, it is OK. However many events don't rise to that level. Doctors, pharmacies or therapists need to be scheduled and coordinated with in home care givers, transportation arragned, follow up instructions understood and acted on. Getting accurate information incorporated into a calendar and sharing that with all the stakeholders and caregivers is a challenge, especially when doctors and pharmacies resist using electronic communications due to HIPPA obstacles.

Len Keck
1 month ago
I had the same issue when my parents were still in there home. I was the only local one and then had to make 3 calls to tell each sibling what was going on. It was maddening. I have seen some portals out there that might help like CaringVillage.com but wondered what others are using. - Kay
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In order to maintain the independence of elderly people at home a ‘smart rollator’ is indispensable: equipped with an early warning mechanism with integrated GPS module in case of need. On the one hand you can determine the location of the person, on the other hand you can communicate.

Stephanie Hollaus
31 days ago
This will work with someone using a walker. What is they aren't using a walker, are there other devices? I've seen a pendant and a wrist device, both kind ugly and clumsy. Anyone working on making something with more utility (like building it into the watch?) - Kay
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If a two story house, if possible move them down stairs. If necessary to use stais, you can buy and install chairs that ride them up and down safely.
Bathroom tub and shower need safety bars. May need to replace a tub with the walk in tube.
Consider ramps on exterior if whelchair access is needed.
ADT makes emergency alert medallion, they can wear aroung their naeck.
Prepared food services that deliver
Grocery delivery services
Someone trustworthy should review thier checking and other accounts peridoically. Set up auto payments as much as possible. And auto deposits on checks. Set up alerts at banks to text you of any large amounts withdrawn.

Styron Powers
31 days ago
Thanks. - Kay
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There is a android/iphone application called Medacheck that you may want to considered. This application can be programmed to call you with alerts for when a loved one is not on task with medication or chores such as pressureblood or blood sugar monitoring.

Shawna Carlson
31 days ago
Thank you. - Kay
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I have seen Philips Lifeline work really well, triggering ambulance service to come and transport the senior person (that I know) to a local hospital. Wheelchair, rubber shoes as well as products that help getting in and out of bath also work. Any product that helps with getting in and out of bed. It might sound irelevant but kitchen utensils that are easy to grip and use, such as knives and spoons can make a difference for an elderly who insists on staying alone.

Inci McGreal, P.Eng., PMP
29 days ago
Thanks. The utensils and jar openers are quite common issues. - Kay
My 89 year old mother now uses a riser toilet seat to help her get up/down, a "grabber" that allows her to grasp items on the floor without having to bend, and bed rails which allow her to get into and out of bed, and a device that she hooks over car door hinges to facilitate entry/exit. - Michael
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I was recently exposed to a shoe concept that contains sensors that can detect when the wearer has fallen. So, the wearer doesn't need to trigger an alert, simply assuming a sideways positioning is aufficient to trigger a text notice to a contact. The alerts become more intrusive if not shut down.

Michael Fruhling
10 days ago
Is it in the marketplace yet? What is the product name. This would be good for those clients that don't like the medallion or watch due to them not being very fashionable. - Kay

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