Winter Home Safety Tips For Seniors

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There is no doubt about it, last year’s winter was one for the Connecticut history books. For older adults living alone and for their caregivers, a winter like last year can be especially challenging. Snow and ice can make traveling to and from a senior loved one’s home difficult.

Caregivers used to stopping to check on an aging family member each day to make sure they are doing well and taking their medication may find the weather makes it impossible to do some days. This year, before the snow falls again, we are sharing some tech tools that can keep seniors safer and give their adult children and caregivers peace of mind.

Home Safety Tech for Seniors in Connecticut

  • Video Care: This easy-to-use system allows older adults to have a real- time conversation by video. It is especially friendly for seniors to use because it launches with just the tap of a screen. No logging in or navigating websites is required. On the days when snowy weather makes travel tough, a video chat can reassure you that your senior loved one is managing well in the storm. An added benefit is that you can set up reminders on the system. It might be to remind your older family member to take their medicine or to check their blood sugar.
  • Medication Management: If one of the tasks you typically assist your older loved one with each day is medication management, these systems can help. You can set up their medications for a whole week at one time. Depending upon which system you select, your loved one can receive alerts through text messages, alarms, flashing lights or other alerts. If they fail to take their medicine at the prescribed time, many of these systems can send caregivers an alert. These systems can keep seniors on track with their medicine when the weather prevents you from being there to help.
  • Emergency Response: Each of these systems offers your senior family member a way to call for help if they need it. Some even work off of wireless technologies that don’t require a home phone. So if your aging parent’s home phone is knocked out during a storm, these systems will still allow them to summon help if they need it.

If you would like to learn more about creating a custom in-home safety solution for your aging parent or senior family member in Connecticut, we can help. Call us at (203) 235-TECH (8324) for a complimentary phone consultation.

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