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Great tech tools are developed every day. But it can be hard to keep up with what’s out there and how to use it safely. Our experts are here to discuss potential solutions.

Aging in Place Technology Solutions

Aloe Care

Aloe Care delivers an advanced medical alert and communication system for older adults. Their service enables safety, security and connection for older adults and their families, making care collaboration intuitive and easy.

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Lively

Lively™ is a leader in providing products, services, and apps that are easy to use and help you feel safe, healthy and connected. The Lively response team connects you to personalized Lively Health & Safety Services anytime, anywhere. Best Buy offers a variety of devices to choose from including Jitterbug phones and Lively medical alerts.

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Best Buy – Geek Squad

Geek Squad agents are ready to help you 24/7 online, on the phone, in store or in your home. They provide expert service to help install, set up, support, and repair a wide variety of categories ranging from cell phones to appliances. Best Buy has more than 20,000 agents across the country ready to help.
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Aging in Place Technologies to Help With Safety

As more older adults choose to age in place, technology advancements—some of which provide day-to-day assistance while others help monitor health—are becoming key tools.

“Technology is a very beneficial tool, especially when paired with the helping hand of a family member or professional caregiver,” said Lakelyn Hogan Eichenberger, Ph.D., gerontologist and caregiver advocate at Home Instead. “This personal support and companionship can mean all the difference in being able to choose where you want to live as you grow older.”

Although some technology can be intimidating for older adults, a 2021 survey showed that seniors in particular are learning to embrace technology more than ever before. According to the survey, one in four seniors said they felt more comfortable using new technology than they did just one year ago.

While many increased their use of technology to stay connected with loved ones, 30 percent stated they will continue using technology to help them with care in the home.

Striking a balance between high-tech solutions and human interaction will be key to advancing the future of care.

 

Top Aging-in-Place Technologies

Here are 9 technologies that can be incorporated into older adults' lives and make it easier to age in place. 

 

1. Video Doorbell

This smart technology from Ring, and other providers, hooks into existing doorbells that enable a homeowner to see who comes to the door via the phone.

 

2. Home Monitoring Systems

Monitoring systems like Aloe Care could help family caregivers make sure their loved ones are safe and secure. To allow for independence, some systems do not require human intervention and have the ability to monitor even body temperature and sleep.

 

3. Voice and Remote Thermostat

This tool (Google Nest, Amazon Smart Thermostat, and others) helps monitor thermostat functions including furnace and air conditioning by voice or by cell phone.

 

4. Virtual Assistant

Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home allows homeowners to control their home with their voice – locking doors, turning lights on and off, adjusting the thermostat or viewing camera feed.

 

5. Stove Fire Prevention Devices

These devices automatically shut off a stove if it is left unattended for a specific time. Devices like this are especially helpful for older adults living with dementia.

 

6. Social Media Platforms

Over the past two years, technologies like Zoom and Facebook have become important ways to help older adults stay connected with loved ones and friends.

 

7. Wearables with GPS Capabilities

Wearables like Lively can track an aging loved one’s location and will alert 911 if there is a fall. Smart watches from Apple, Garmin, FitBit and many others, can often track heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature.

 

8. Online Grocery & Meal Delivery

Delivery services like Freshly help limit worries about falling when out and about, as the groceries are brought right to the customer’s door. Delivery also comes in handy if inclement weather or sickness keeps an aging adult home.

 

9. Telehealth

When health questions arise, it’s easy to schedule a medical appointment via computer or smartphone. Telehealth has several advantages, including cost savings, convenience, and the ability to provide care to older adults with mobility limitations, or those without easy access to a local doctor or clinic.

 

There may be hesitations around technology adoption, some of which might include keeping up with ever-changing features and fear of online safety, but incorporating technology into routine caregiving tasks can offer a wide range of benefits for older adults and caregivers.

 

For more ways to help keep aging adults safe at home, see our Home Safety Checklist.

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