What are Assistive Devices?
Assistive devices and technologies are great for seniors that prefer to maintain their daily activities and routines while encouraging personal freedom and prolonging independent living. Many seniors, who live alone in their own homes, might have trouble with mobility.
For individuals with senior parents, safety is a major concern. As a person ages, there is a decline in agility and an increase in unsteadiness. This results in falls leading to serious injuries for seniors. Simple tasks such as getting out of bed, dressing or performing personal hygiene routines become challenging.
This is where assistive devices and technologies come into play. It aids seniors to daily living, and enhance overall wellbeing. They can also help prevent impairments and secondary health conditions, so you don’t have to worry about the safety of your senior parents.
Assistive Devices for the Elderly
Many companies in the year 2019 to 2020 have been developing products and “gadgets” that offer benefits to seniors. If you’re an older adult who’s wondering what technology is available, or you’re a middle-aged reader whose parents now need assistance around the house, this article is for you.
Muscle tremors are one of the common conditions that arise in people as they age. These tremors make it hard to complete daily tasks. This technology uses sensors and motion and has the ability to reduce the tremor by 70%.
If you struggle to hold your cutlery straight while eating, this gadget will vastly increase the quality of your mealtime, ensuring nothing falls off your spoon. The Parkinson’s gyroscope spoon is another popular adaptive device that can be used to control the tremors during mealtime.
2. USB Dolphin SuperNova Magnifier:
For some seniors, reading on the phone, ipad, or computer can be challenging. There are a few products and apps to choose from, but one of the best is the USB Dolphin SuperNova Magnifier.
The app magnifies on-screen text up to 64 times — you’ll get roughly three lines of text on your entire screen. The best thing about this app is that all of the world’s most common languages are supported.
Doing regular house chores can be extremely difficult for seniors that require senior mobility aid. Many elderly have reduced strength, stamina, or physical capacity, making it difficult to use heavy-duty vacuums or to get on their hands and knees to scrub floors.
This is where the Roomba comes in. They boast multi-room navigation, a three-stage cleaning process, and a filter for allergens and other microscopic dirt. There are many other Roomba like products that have also shown to increase the quality of life of seniors living alone.
4. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Seniors that suffer from a hearing loss might not realize when someone is knocking on the front door. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro includes a video feature that is connected to your smartphone.
When someone rings the bell, there will be an instant smartphone notification pop-up. Along with the video, it also has a built-in microphone, which will also allow you to talk to the person in real-time.
5. Bed and Chair Fallguard
Experiencing a nasty fall can be traumatizing and can even lead to serious injuries. Worst-case scenario, after you fall, you might not be able to get back up and make a phone call for help.
That’s where the Bed and Chair Fallguard from Assisted Living Technologies come in. As soon as s senior with mobility concerns leaves their bed or chair, their immediate caregiver gets an alert.
6. Amazon Alexa
This assistive device has been previously discussed in detail (reference “Amazon Alexa good for elderly article”). Alexa is Amazon’s virtual assistant AI. When you ask a question to Alexa, it uses a cloud-based service designed by Amazon to retrieve an answer to your question.
It is designed to mimic real-life conversations. Sure, it might not be great for someone who’s not tech-savvy, but if you have physical limitations due to age or illness, Alexa can be a game-changer. In my opinion, this would be the best technology for seniors to have in their homes when living alone.
There are various other products for seniors living at home that can be bought online and in stores to make your like so much easier and improve the quality of living. Just to name a few more briefly:
- Mobility aids: such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes, crutches, prosthetic devices, and orthotic devices.
- Hearing aids: to help people hear or hear more clearly.
- Cognitive aids: to help people with memory, attention, or other challenges in their thinking skills.
- Computer software and hardware: voice recognition programs, screen readers, and screen enlargement applications, to help people with mobility and sensory impairments use computers and mobile devices.
- Home built-in equipment including: ramps, grab bars, and wider doorways to enable access to buildings, businesses, and workplaces.
- Adaptive switches and utensils to allow those with limited motor skills to eat, play games, and accomplish other activities.
- Devices and features of devices to help perform tasks such as cooking, dressing, and grooming.
Senior Mobility Aids and Devices for the Elderly to Assist in Walking
1. Uplift Seat Assist
This adaptive seating device can be used in combination with an armchair, or sofa to manually lift the user into a standing position without overexertion or strain. This is a very useful device for people living with arthritis, and other joint ailments who struggle to rise from a seated position to standing without pain.
Like previously mentioned, assistive devices can greatly improve the independence and livelihood of your senior parent. Especially handicap assistance devices to help with mobility without having to worry about the safety.
By investing in items to help your loved one perform their daily activities, not only will you help to restore their freedom and mobility, you will also have peace of mind that they are comfortable.
2. Walking Canes
This device can come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. The device is one of the oldest and cheapest assistive devices that exist.
They are highly effective at decreasing the amount of weight placed on lower-body joints, for individuals with arthritis, seniors and as well as those recovering from surgery.
Going up and down the stairs can be a daunting and scary task for someone with disabilities or for the elderly. This device, although slightly underrated, is finally gaining the popularity that it needs.
4. Two-Wheel Walkers
This device is simply a walker with two wheels. Like walking canes, they have been found to be effective at preventing falls, and they are ideal for older adults with moderate to severe balance issues and individuals with lower-body weakness.
This stems from the fact that two-wheel walkers can support up to one-half of a person’s body weight when used correctly.
5. Activator poles increase balance and motility
These activator poles increase balance and mobility and are a terrific alternative to canes and walkers. The dual poles offer lateral stability and are designed for individuals living with conditions such as chronic pain, Multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease and stroke.
Each pole can hold up to 200 pounds of weight and offers a bell-shaped tip for stability and an ergonomically correct handle for core strengthening. The poles are adjustable to accommodate all body shapes and sizes and can be used both indoors and outdoors.
Living alone offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity. If you are a senior, living in your own home, being able to do things on your own doesn’t have to be difficult. Though total isolation probably isn’t a good thing, for some, the feeling of living alone and independently feels good.
“My last chapter of life is ending. I enjoy every moment. Every sunrise,sunset,and rain is beautiful. I smile and laugh with people in stores. I see friends. I live alone but I’m never by myself. Memories and my cat live with me” – unknown author