Living alone gives seniors a much needed sense of independence, but illness, mobility issues and conditions such as dementia can make aging in place more difficult and sometimes even dangerous. That’s why many caregivers are turning to smart-home technology and wearable devices to monitor aging loved ones, helping them live independently longer. Check out these five products that can make aging in place safer and easier.
1. Lively, which was recently acquired by the smart tech company GreatCall, makes a suite of home sensors, including a wearable wrist device similar to the Fitbit, that can alert seniors and their caregivers if they fail to take their medication, aren’t eating or drinking enough or fall down.
2. GreatCall also acquired MobiWatch – a Bluetooth activated keychain device that connects to the wearer’s cell phone and can dial 911 in an emergency. The device’s built in GPS can alert the police, ambulance or family members of the wearer’s exact location.
4. GrandCareoffers connected blood pressure, weight and glucose monitoring devices. The service also offers family messaging, photo sharing and video chatting.
5. CarePredict’s Tempo wristband for seniors monitors routine behaviors and alerts caregivers of changes that might indicate mental or physical deterioration.