Apr 29, 2015 by Ron L'Heureux
Most seniors receiving in-home care don’t require 24-hour, seven-day-a-week caregiving by family members or a professional home care provider like Comfort Keepers®. In most cases, they need only periodic visits and assistance.
Nevertheless, they and their family members can rest easier between caregiving visits with the reassuring help of home safety technology. Monitors and other electronic devices help watch over and enhance the safety and well-being of seniors when they are home alone.
At Comfort Keepers, we offer SafetyChoice® Technology Solutions. These home safety technology devices, which are monitored by professionals at our 24-hour monitoring center, supplement the personal caregiving services such as transportation services or even light housekeeping services that our Comfort Keepers and our clients’ family members provide. Here’s a brief look at the various SafetyChoice devices available:
Personal Emergency Response System (PERS). The PERS makes it easy for seniors to call for help when they fall, become ill or have another at-home emergency. The senior simply presses a button on a console or a pendant or wristband that he or she wears. A professional at Comfort Keepers’ monitoring center immediately responds through the PERS console’s two-way communication feature to determine the nature of the emergency. The monitoring professional then dispatches appropriate help and remains on the line until help arrives.
Accessory devices for the PERS. These accessories add to the security provided by the PERS. Window and door sensors alert the Comfort Keepers monitoring professionals to intruders. They also prevent persons with dementia from wandering away. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors sound in the home and alert the Comfort Keepers monitoring center to call the fire department and, through the two-way communication feature, make certain the senior is aware of the situation and can get out. Wireless bedside pressure mats are designed to trigger an alarm in the home and to the monitoring center to protect seniors who are at risk of falling or wandering.
Medication management system. This unit organizes medicine, reminds seniors to take their medicine on schedule, as prescribed, and alerts caregivers when a dose is missed. This system makes it easier for seniors to follow complex medication regimens and lowers the chances of them having to be hospitalized. Nearly a third of hospital admissions of those 65 and older result from missed doses.
While nothing can replace the personal touch of a devoted caregiver, technology solutions like these offer seniors and their loved ones invaluable added reassurance, security and safety.
To find out more about home safety technology, contact Comfort Keepers of Orange, Calif., today!