Down-to-earth Technology Solutions for Safety at HomePosted by Medicare Made Clear
Most people know about personal emergency response systems (PERS), like Life Alert®. Once a PERS is set up, generally all you have to do is push a “call” button to alert medical and other first responders if you need help at home. These systems may offer peace of mind for older adults or people with disabilities, their families and their caregivers.
Home safety and health monitoring technology is advancing well beyond PERS. This is good news since most people want to live at home in their later years. The majority of American adults worry as much about losing independence as they do about losing memory as they get older, according to a 2013 AP-NORC Center survey.
From motion sensors in the home to monitor movement to “smart” pill bottles for medication reminders to wearable technology, new tools are emerging to help older adults maintain their independence.
Here are some down-to-earth home solutions that you might find useful right now.
- Voice activated clocks and devices
- Medication monitoring systems
- Bed and chair alarms or sensors to prevent falls
Talk to your health care provider about any assistance you need to feel safe and comfortable at home. Medicare generally does not pay for home monitoring except when it’s provided under covered home health care services. But it may be worth investing in a little peace of mind.
For more information, explore MedicareMadeClear.com or contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048.
Note: Life Alert® is a personal emergency response and home medical alert system company.Tags: Aging and Mental Health, Fall Prevention, Medicare Benefits, Medicare Coverage Questions, Medicare Home Health Care