Living in a techie world, you can find an app or a device for virtually anything you need. Want to listen to music while you’re out jogging? There’s a device for that! Need to keep track of your busy schedule from your cell phone? There’s an app for that!
Luckily, the same is true when it comes to home care. Technology makes maintaining living at home even easier, especially for individuals with disabilities. While not all available devices are necessarily “high” tech, they can help people live safely and independently at home. Some devices to consider include:
- Digital Voice Recorders: These devices are often handy for persons with cognitive impairments to help them remember important things like telephone numbers and medication instructions, or everyday details like when their favorite show comes on.
- Motorized Stair Lifts: For individuals in wheelchairs or for those who have other mobility disorders, a motorized stair lift is often a must for getting up and down stairs safely.
- Vibrating Alarm Clocks/Strobing Smoke Alarms: If a patient is deaf or hard of hearing, alarm clocks and smoke alarms that only make noise offer little help. A vibrating alarm clock uses a sensor, placed under the bedsheets, that vibrates when the alarm goes off, allowing the person to feel his or her alarm instead. In the same vein, a smoke alarm fixed with a strobe light allows the deaf person to see the alarm and get out of the house safely.
For more information on assistive devices for disabled individuals, visit Assistive Technology.
The care team at Genacta In-Home Care can assist with recommendations for assistive technology and will provide excellent care for your loved one. Contact us at 907-644-7952 or 888-644-7952 for more information.