Smart Medication Dispenser
Many older people need to take medication regularly. It can be a headache for them to remember and a worry for relatives who need to know if they’ve taken their medicine, especially when the relatives live far away. A smart pill dispenser is the perfect answer.
A smart dispenser, such as one of can be remotely activated and monitored. You can program compartments to open singly at designated times, minimizing the risk of an accidental overdose, and relatives can go online and check if medication has been taken. The system also provides alerts, including a flashing light, an audible beep, a reminder to a smartphone or a pre-recorded personal message. It will also alert relatives if a dose is missed.
The cost ranges from around $40 to $65 per month. Medical Alert monitoring is also available.
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Personalized Reminder Device
As people age, especially if they begin to suffer from dementia, they often forget to perform everyday tasks. There are many aging in place technology solutions for alerts, but sometimes seniors struggle with getting them set up. So a smart reminder system like the can make a huge difference to their ability to live independently. This clever alarm clock not only displays the time, but also gives alerts to the user, such as remembering to walk the dog, take medication and when to be ready for appointments.
It’s almost completely voice-activated, and you can record personalized alert messages. It can be very reassuring for the homeowner to hear a familiar voice. You can set up to 25 reminders daily, including regular tasks and one-off events, and the device has an emergency battery back-up in case of power outages. Reminder Rosie costs around $125.
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Simple Communication Interface
Staying in touch with family and friends is critical to older people, especially those who are on their own. Whether you live just around the corner or thousands of miles away, it’s great to be able to send messages, photos and videos to your relative. But juggling a modern smartphone or tablet can be difficult for some, so why not consider a system like , which uses a simple interface to let the user access many functions from one screen?
The system provides immediate access to messages, emails, photos and video, as well as internet access, a calendar and a place for website favorites. It can be programmed to give alerts and can also be used for smart calling to stay in touch with the family. GrandCare costs around $1,000 to set up and requires a monthly payment of about $100.
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