There are so many technological innovations coming out every single year that it’s difficult to keep up with even half of them. Apps, for smartphones and tablets, are a dime a dozen. Many apps are free, with ads and other features. Some of these apps that are now being developed are focused on helping to improve quality of care, support, and safety for seniors and others who need assistance.
How could some smartphone apps be beneficial?
An elderly person who is living alone, for example, might have concerns about his or her own safety. They may worry about what could happen in the event of a slip and fall accident and they can’t reach a phone to call for help. There are monitoring devices a person can wear in which they depress a button and that signals the need for emergency support, but there are also various apps that could be beneficial.
One such app can help family and friends keep an eye on them.
There are smartphone apps that can be connected to wireless remote cameras placed throughout the house. Privacy is certainly something to talk about if this is a consideration, but when strategically placed throughout the house, a family member, friend, or other individual would be able to check in from time to time on their smartphone and just see that their aging parent, spouse, or other individual is safe, sitting down comfortably, resting in bed, or eating a nice meal at the table.
There are also apps to keep people connected.
There are plenty of apps that provide chat and videoconferencing features. This could allow the senior to make calls to family and friends all across the country or around the world. How could this possibly improve safety?
If a senior feels isolated and alone, he or she might not take care of themselves like they used to. They might not see the point. After all, if every day is being spent alone, it can lead to an increased risk of depression. However, being able to see grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends, and others while speaking to them can help them feel connected, at least to some degree.
There are also apps that can connect them to home care services.
New apps are being developed all the time and some new ones can help seniors find the optimal level of home care support they need at any given time. If an elderly person is not feeling strong or confident on their feet, a home care aide can help them remain safe, even in the midst of extreme challenges.