Assistive Technologies Make Life Easier for My Mother

by Judy
(Marshalltown, IA)

Assistive Technologies - Medical Alert

Assistive Technologies - Medical Alert

Assistive technologies are not limited to electronic equipment. Assistive technologies in the health care industry today range from adaptive eating utensils to voice-activated computers, televisions, and telephone communications.


I know that I feel more comfortable with my elderly mother wearing a safety monitor that attaches to her wrist like a watch. If she's alone and needs help, or heaven forbid, falls, all she has to do is press the button and she's connected to emergency services.

For caregivers of those with bladder control issues like my mother, an enuresis sensor will provide an alert if clothing or bedding becomes wet due to an involuntary discharge of urine.

This is especially beneficial for bed-ridden individuals or those whose medical complications, weight issues, or age related conditions that make it difficult for them to get to the bathroom in time. Avoiding skin issues caused by long-term exposure to urine is essential in care for the elderly.

However when it comes to assistive technologies, one of the most valuable, especially for those taking care of a loved one diagnosed with any form of dementia including Alzheimer's, is a GPS location device that is worn as a sensor.

This can be a life-saving device, especially in cold weather. In our region this winter, two people with dementia have wandered away from home, but thank goodness they had such locators, and were found and returned to their families relatively quickly.

Visit your local medical supply store, or get online and look at catalogs that provide technology assistance at home, and you'll be amazed at the options out there today.

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Assistive Technology - Cold Alert
by: Anonymous

Because I live in a colder region, I bought my parents a few cold monitors for their home. That way, if their room gets too cold, the monitor emits an alert and they can turn the heat up.

I know that heating costs are a concern for many seniors, but having a cold alert helps them not only maintain adequate thermostat temperatures, but assures that they'll stay adequately warm even in the coldest temperatures.

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Assistive Technology - GPS Locators
by: Diane

Thank you for your suggestion regarding the GPS locators that can be worn as sensors.

I take care of my grandfather, who has Alzheimer's, and he is known as a "wanderer". This could take some of the worry away.

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