Assistive Technology (Author: Terry Ainsworth – The Tech Store)
Assistive Technology (AT) is an umbrella term for any piece of equipment, software program, or system that provides practical solutions to everyday life activities. We know that assistive technology can improve, increase and maintain the functional capabilities of people with complex needs.
When it gets close to time to recognize that you can’t operate daily life with the same independence you once did, it can be frustrating and discouraging, to say the least. With the rise of technology, though, there are things that can help you retain this independence. One of the biggest of which is the use of medical alert technology.
While medical alert systems can be a great safety precaution for a senior’s health, they offer a deeper, emotional benefit as well. In particular, they can offer independence.
The biggest question when deciding if someone can remain independent is usually “what if something happens?” With a medical alert system, seniors are more protected from the possibility of things going wrong when they are living on their own.
Falls are another health issue that can be treated more quickly thanks to a medical alert system. According to research, one of every three adults over the age of 65 falls each year. A quarter of them suffers moderate or severe injuries.
Help When You Need It:
Medical alert systems are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These systems can dispatch family members or responders you’ve previously identified, an ambulance, police, or fire personnel within moments.
Ease of Use: These systems are specifically designed to be easy to use. They are typically worn on the wrist or around the neck, and open a two-way communication channel with the push of a button. This means that seniors who have been incapacitated don’t need to go anywhere or even shout in order to get help.
Peace of Mind: It is not uncommon for seniors to develop a fear of falling. This fear can shake their confidence, making them scared to continue many of their physical activities. When seniors limit movement, their mobility, and balance decline. This actually increases the risk of falling.
Locating the loved one: Should the wearer require emergency assistance, once the SOS button is pressed their GPS location is sent to the primary carer from there action can be taken to get help in the fastest possible time – which could save their life.
4G SIM card compliant
Programmable from the App, & not by text message
Heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature functions
A “pill” reminder alert
A “sedentary” reminder alert
Available in various styles: pendant, watch device, or bracelet.
Medical alert systems are far more than just a communication device. For seniors, they are a link to the help they may need when they need it most. With the confidence gained from knowing help is available, and possibly some extra support services offered through the systems, many seniors are able to remain independent and live in their own homes longer.
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