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Despite the popularity of retirement homes, statistics show that more and more seniors plan or want to stay in their homes as they get into their 70s, 80s, and beyond. And while many of them are blessed with good health, there's no denying that older people are more vulnerable to dangers in the home. In particular, many of them live alone, causing concern about monitoring their safety.

But modern technology and a bit of human ingenuity can solve many of the issues. Here, for example, are six ways to make life more comfortable and safer for seniors at home.

Simple Gadgets: Remote controls and cellphones are a boon, but they're often difficult for some older people to manage. Fortunately, simplified versions are available, featuring large, easy to use buttons and user-friendly controls.
Medical Alerts: These are necklaces or bracelets used to summon help in an emergency. Sometimes they can be used just to raise the alarm with a neighbor or relative, after a fall for example. In other formats they're linked to 24-hour support services, which charge a monthly fee.
Video Links: Computer technology can seem daunting, but you can set up a laptop with built-in camera for your older relative. All they have to know is how to switch the PC on and click a single button when you make a video call to them. Setting a fixed daily or weekly call time simplifies the process.
Home Monitor: Another way to monitor their activity and well-being is through the use of devices, rather like burglar alarm sensors, that are activated when they are passed. Software enables these monitors not just to detect activity but, just as importantly, inactivity, and relay that information to you via the Internet.
Managing Meds: Compartmentalized boxes are great for showing if a person has taken their medication for a particular day but they're no good at actually reminding users. But you can get automated boxes that actually dispense the pills, deliver beeping reminders and even communicate with relatives if drugs have not been taken.

In the not too distant future, we can expect small wrist devices that monitor health factors like pulse, temperature, blood pressure and movement -- to alert users of abnormalities and even send the info to us via the web!

Call Granite Insurance today at 828-396-3342 or visit our website www.graniteinsurance.com for all of your insurance needs!

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