Fritzi Gros-Daillon San Diego Aging In Place Specialist says, “A major myth is that the aging-in-place industries is all about ramps and grab bars.” Seniors and their families can take several important steps for themselves including reducing clutter, especially in hallways and exterior walkways, improving lighting, and general safety awareness like how to use a home fire extinguisher correctly.
The increasing use of technology in the home is the hottest topic in the field currently. The use of technology for medical surveillance and the speed at which medical information can get to a physician and reviewed for possible action are clear. There are monitoring devices that help people with diabetes, heart and respiratory conditions that can be life or death.
There are also benefits in the use of technology for communication using computers, laptops and tablets for families. The silent generation is adopting technology at an increasing rate as families who live far apart (and even some who live across town) are in touch via SKYPE, Apple iPhone facetime and email.
Those people not in favor of the use of technology focus on the “push” of technology onto the users. There is also a concern about the disappearing privacy of web cams and bed monitors to track the activities of family members.
Fritzi Gros-Daillon San Diego Aging In Place Specialist says “Technology is coming to all our lives, in large and small ways.”
For seniors and their families, a measured approach allowing small steps to implementation of technology is best. Rather than install everything at once, a plan to put the technology in place over a period of time is preferred. That time span can be short or extended depending on the abilities of the senior. A plan of that type allows for the adoption of the concept and the technology itself without stressing the family or the senior.
Once the first step in the process perceived benefits become real benefits to the client and the family, then the next step can be implemented. The real value to home safety and technology innovations is the improved sense of freedom for the client and family with less stress and worry.
Katy Fike PhD said in an article in caring.com, “Technology is defined as the usage of tools, techniques, or methods of organization to solve a problem. Today there are many tools, techniques, and methods of organization that can help address the unique challenges facing long-distance caregivers.”
To see more about Fritzi Gros-Daillon go to http://smallbusinesstrendsetters.com/fritzi-gros-daillon-san-diego-aging-in-place-specialist-outlines-the-need-for-home-safety-and-access-for-seniors/
Or CNN iReport at http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1137228
Contact her at her office 993 S. Santa Fe Ave., Ste 80, Vista, CA 92083 or call 858-224-2299