A thriving career for a man and woman, both, brings about many challenges. One of them being away from your elderly parents, either for long hours, or staying in different houses due to space constraints or worse, living in different cities altogether. While we ensure the best health care and other facilities for our loved ones, there is always scope to do more.
The advancements in technology can bring our guilt down maybe by a level or two. At least we can ensure that they are engaged, safe and are taken care of in times of need.
Keeping them engaged: The sting of loneliness affects the elderly like no other due to reduced connections with family and friends. Did you ever think that the Amazon Echo can be helpful in keeping them a company when they are all alone at home with grandkids at school and you at work? Let Alexa read a book to them, play their favorite song, crack jokes, update them with the latest news or even remind them to have their medicines on time. Also, you can send and receive messages via the Echo in times of emergency. Alexa skillfully plays the dual role of their messenger and caregiver.
Losing track of things: We keep forgetting things, and our elders do that a little more often. The hassle of remembering where the car or home keys are or where was the TV remote last seen becomes a daunting task not just for our parents but for us too! A tiny dangling TrackR attached to remotes, keys, etc. simplifies the task of keeping a track of these easily misplaced objects!
Say goodbye to mobility issues: Mobility issues, most of the times are like a free gift with old age. In the absence of a lift, it would seem impossible for our parents whose knees constantly pain, to go up and down in their own house, or enjoy some fresh air on the terrace. Fret not. The stairlift is here. It can ease their flight up and down the stairs, and make them mobile.
Keeping the basics in check: Wireless Blood Pressure and Glucose monitoring devices which give you real-time values on your smartphone are a blessing when the health of your elders needs constant monitoring and care. When you keep receiving this crucial data on your phone, it becomes easy to keep a tab on our parents’ health and necessary action can be taken at the right time.
Safety First: So, your parents bid goodbye to the guests after dinner, enter the home and forget to shut or lock the door! A challenging and serious security concern, and a common one too. Something as basic as an app that alarms you when the door is left ajar can be a boon ensuring your parents’ security at home. August door sense is one such product that will keep your worries at bay.
We are what we are because of our parents. These are just a few things that can be done to ensure your peace of mind and to show them you care. And apart from that, Barbara Bush rightly said “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.” Do your best while you still can.