Protect Seniors from Fraud
The surging development of new gadgets is expected to help many in the growing elderly population postpone a move to assisted care facilities, but some of the electronic wizardry may compromise privacy. A Home Instead CAREgiverSM can provide the human touch any time, night or day.
Q. As an 80-year-old woman who lives at home alone, I am interested in doing whatever I can to stay here. My grandson said there is technology that can help me do that by letting my family “monitor” me. I’m a very independent person. Would I have to give up some privacy if I accepted these new-fangled ideas?
Your grandson is right. Here are some interesting innovations designed by Georgia Tech College of Computing (http://gtresearchnews.gatech.edu/newsrelease/privacy.htm):
Researchers at the school invited 44 adults ages 65 to 75 to tour the residential laboratory and view these new age-in-place technologies. Overall the seniors who were surveyed said they didn’t mind giving up some privacy to be able to remain independent, researchers reported.
Caregivers and their senior loved ones don’t have to wait for the development of new technology to make things easier at home. Some adaptive devices that are relatively inexpensive and can be easily installed include raised toilet seats, hand-held shower nozzles, floor-to-ceiling grab bars, mobile kitchen stools, rubber ramps and automatic lid openers.
While technology is of value, there is no substitute for human contact. A few hours a week with a local Home Instead CAREGiverSM can keep older adults in their homes longer as well.
CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured, and equipped to provide that human touch that technology can’t. CAREGivers are even matched with seniors to share their same interests and hobbies. Services are provided from a few hours a week up to 24 hours a day – including weekends and holidays.
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