As technology continues to impact and enrich our daily lives, people living with dementia are receiving a new kind of care. Being in the 21st century has allowed us to see many modern advances, and one of those modern advances is assistive technology. Assistive technology not only provides an unintrusive living environment but also provides security and safety for your loved ones. It also helps in areas such as communication and monitoring. As such, here are some gadgets you can consider for your loved ones.
AI-Based Digital Assistant
From controlling the lights and thermostat to reading news and weather reports, these voice assistants are designed to ensure that your loved one does not even have to lift a finger. These gadgets can also call for help in the case of emergencies and play music upon command. In the current market, popular voice assistants include Google Home, Apple Siri, and Amazon Echo.
Automatic Pill Dispensers
Have peace of mind that your loved one will receive the correct medication at the right time and day by using an automatic pill dispenser. These gadgets are specially programmed to remind your loved one which medications to take and will be locked when not in use. If your loved one has forgotten to take his or her medication, the gadget will report to a caregiver immediately.
Caregivers can leave pre-recorded messages for their loved ones, which are played out at the appropriate and designated times. Reminder messages can be times and dates for appointments, the time to head to bed, and for taking medications. Some gadgets are also built-in with a button that requires your loved one to acknowledge the message. Failure to do so will notify the caregiver or family members.
If your loved one is suffering from dementia or any other memory-related illnesses, a good investment to purchase is a picture phone. Unlike regular phones, picture phones provide photos of their family members and friends instead of a phone number, which can be hard to recall. It’s also a one-touch dialing on a single screen, making it more user-friendly for your loved ones.
One of the symptoms of dementia is the inability to recognize familiar places and faces of family members and friends. In the event that your loved ones wander, a GPS tracker can allow a family member or caregiver to track down their location. The gadget will also send out an alert whenever your loved one leaves the house or a safe area, as well as notify emergency personnel if any medical problem arises.
Why Choose Caruth Haven Court?
If your loved one is living with dementia or any other memory-related illness, you can rest assured your loved one is in the best care with our team of professionals. Our specially programmed SHINE® Memory Care program is nationally recognized and has received a Certificate of Recognition from the Alzheimer’s Association. If you want to learn more about our SHINE® Memory Care program, contact Caruth Haven Court at 214.308.0083.