In today’s high tech world, living with a disability is less limiting than ever before. Disabled Worldreports that there are as many as 4,000 assistive technologies currently available to make life easier and more comfortable for both the disabled individuals and their caregivers. In the case of the elderly who become disabled with age, more and more seniors are able to remain living safely and independently at home in spite of their disabilities.
Here are a few of the top assistive devices that we at AAging Better In-Home Care recommend:
• Digital Voice Recorders: These devices are often handy for persons with cognitive impairments to help them remember important things like telephone numbers and medication instructions, or everyday details like when their favorite shows come on.
• Motorized Stair Lifts: For individuals in wheelchairs or for those who have other mobility disorders, a motorized stair lift is often a must for getting up and down stairs safely.
• Vibrating Alarm Clocks/Strobing Smoke Alarms: If a person is deaf or hard of hearing, alarm clocks and smoke alarms that only make noise offer little help. A vibrating alarm clock uses a sensor, placed under the bedsheets, that vibrates when the alarm goes off, allowing the person to feel his or her alarm instead. In the same vein, a smoke alarm fixed with a strobe light allows a person who is deaf to see the alarm and get out of the house safely.
For more information on assistive devices for disabled individuals, visit the Assistive Technologywebsite to learn what’s available. Just click on the above link.
AAging Better In-Home Care has provided assistance to seniors and the disabled across north Idaho in finding and obtaining different assistive devices, such as those mentioned above. To speak with an office staff member about getting some help at home, call 208-777-0308 in the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Hayden area; 208-263-7889 in the Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry or Priest River area; and 208-784-1505 in the Kellogg, Pinehurst or Wallace area.