If you or a relative of yours is getting older, it might be time to start the conversation about the future. Just because someone is getting older doesn’t mean that they need to go into full-time residential care and even if that’s something you are considering for the future, there are many ways to transition into it gently. Your care options should be tailored to you or your loved one and the amount of assistance they require; cost may be an important factor to consider, but there are options no matter what your budget.
Personal alarm pendants
Personal alarm pendants are small and lightweight and are designed to be worn around the patient’s wrist or neck. They feature a large button which can be pressed in the event of an emergency. Once the button has been pressed, it takes you through to an emergency response centre. The emergency care team will already know who and where you are, so they can then advise emergency services to your location and inform your loved ones about your emergency.
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There are a growing number of companies that are expanding the smart-home technology sector for older adults. For example, Kintell, a startup based in Cambridge (UK), has been founded to create smart-home technology solutions to elderly care.
They have created a device which can be used to help older people remain in their own homes, safely, for longer and promote the formation of healthy habits which in turn will lengthen their independence. Kintell’s idea is unique due to the non-invasiveness of the product; there is nothing that needs to be worn (like a pendant) and no cameras, just plug in the device and get instant peace of mind. There is also a handy night light built-in which can predict your nightly movements and help prevent falls. In addition to an emergency ‘key’ feature which can be activated in case of a crisis to alert loved ones.
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Respite care often means a short-term stay in a care home or the involvement of an alternative home caregiver, to give the usual carer a break from their duties. Respite care can be planned or unplanned and can also be used in case of an emergency. It is especially useful when the carer is a family member or friend as it can allow them time to take care of their own health and wellbeing.
There are a large number of charities and organisations available to help with respite care, who are able to give advice and help to carers (and people being cared for), for example, Age UK and the NHS.
For more information on elderly care, visit https://kintellhome.com/