No matter what our age, staying healthy is a top concern for all of us, including our older relatives. Since our client base at Luxe Homecare is made up predominantly of seniors, we decided to take a look at some of the devices and apps on the market that have specific benefits for the senior community. We can’t possibly list all the information we gathered, but we wanted to share some of it with you. Here’s what we found:
- Activity recording technology can be found on a typical pedometer or something more sophisticated such as Fit-Bit type devices, or in cell phone applications such as Moves, an activity diary that records walking, cycling and running and the calories burned for those activities.
- Medical alert devices and apps may not be a new idea, but they have become more sophisticated over the years. Several alarm companies offer medical alert systems for the home and cell phone. We also came across Red Panic Button, an application that will notify your contacts when you are in physical distress.
- Medication reminders come as apps or, at least in one case, as medicine bottle caps. Medisafe and Pillboxie, cell phone applications, both keep track of your medication by name and provide medication reminders. TimerCap, which is sold in some of the larger drug stores, are caps that fit onto your existing medicine bottles. They have a built-in digital timer that will tell you the next time you are due to take that medication. And iCaps, a product jointly produced by MediSafe and TimerCap, includes Bluetooth technology that syncs with the MediSafe cell phone application.
- Blood Pressure Companion and iCare Health Monitor, both for the iPhone, track your blood pressure and export the data. The Monitor also records heart rate and blood oxygen levels, lung capacity, etc.
- Location apps such as the Family Locator—GPS Tracker from Life 360 provides your family member’s location and tells you when they arrive at and leave their home. This is especially useful in cases where wandering due to dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease is a problem. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile also offer family location apps.
This list is only meant to give you an idea of what technology is available today. We suggest you conduct your own research and due diligence and decide on the product
that best fits your family’s needs. We want our clients and their families to have peace of mind when are caregivers are on site and when they are not.
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