Today’s seniors are living more vibrant, fun, and independent lives than ever before. Improvements in healthcare, the science of diet and exercise, and the increase of transportation options have all contributed. With all the breakthroughs in so many areas related to aging, there’s never been a better time to be a senior!
One of the areas that has evolved quickly in recent years is the technology of adaptive equipment. These are pieces of equipment that provide assistance to older adults who value their independence, but could use a little help in some areas of their day-to-day life.
This list will break down the areas of your life where adaptive equipment can be helpful. From the mechanical and basic to the most technologically advanced, here are some available assistive devices:
Movement Around the Home
- Railings for stairways and bathrooms
- Motorized scooter
- Lift chairs to stand from a seated position
- Stair lift
- Ramps at entryways
Hearing and Seeing
- Hearing aids
- Wearable microphone
- Computer screen magnifying software
- Telephone speaker
- One-touch or large-button telephone
- Smart phone text magnification
- Talking clock
- Talking wrist watch
- Voice-activated alarm clock
- Large-button TV remote control
- TV headphones
- Night lights
- Toilet seat riser
- Bidet attachment
- Handrail around toilet and shower
- Shower bench
- Hand-held shower head
- Walk-in bathtub
- Bath water level alarm
- Mechanical can opener
- Jar opener tool
- Reacher/grabber for cabinet items
- Adaptive eating utensils and dining aids
- Automatic shut-off systems for kitchen appliances
- Medication organizer
- Medication dispenser with reminder alarm
- Appointment reminder alarm
- Adjustable bed
- Over-bed table
- Waterproof mattress pad
General Home Maintenance and Safety
- Security system
- Emergency services phone presets
- Wearable medical alert device
- Video doorbell
- Robotic vacuum
- Voice activation technology for lights, TV, door locks
Research Before You Buy
There’s so much adaptive equipment to choose from that it may be hard to decide what to buy at first. Start with online searches about what your needs may be, and then see which specific assistive devices look like they could be helpful to you.
Then read customer reviews, but don’t rely on one customer opinion or sales websites alone for information about usefulness, quality, and value. Look at credible review sources like Consumer Reports. And talk to any healthcare professionals and people you trust who may be using adaptive equipment in their lives.
When you’ve made your decision about what to buy, you can look at online retailers like Amazon or visit the websites of the manufacturers of the items. You may also be able to find technological adaptive equipment at tech stores like Best Buy or big box stores for low prices. And make sure you learn about the return policies, so you can get a refund if an item doesn’t work out for you.
Along with the adaptive equipment and assistive devices listed above, it’s important to take advantage of any services that may be available in your area. Transportation services are commonly available now to help you get to appointments, social events, family gatherings, shopping, or anywhere you’d like to go.
It’s important to remember that getting out of your home and socializing is one of the most important activities for your physical and emotional health. Isolation can lead to depression, anxiety, and lack of exercise. With all the technology and services available to you, it’s never been easier to get out and have fun!
Research other in-home services that may be available in your area. Caregiver visits, grocery or meal delivery, cleaning services, and home and lawn maintenance services are all available.
Consider Any Possible Downsides to Adaptive Equipment
Assistive technology can be extremely helpful for anyone who needs it. But, you may not be entirely comfortable with items such as motion sensors that alert loved ones or video surveillance technology that records your movements. Being tracked so closely may leave you feeling like you’ve lost your privacy.
Motion sensors, alarms that sound when a door is opened, and wearable GPS trackers may only be desirable for seniors who live with some form of memory loss or dementia that might cause them to wander or potentially get lost.
You may also consider a piece of adaptive equipment like an assistive eating device if you have arthritis or some degree of tremors. But they could overcomplicate what should be the simple task of feeding yourself. These items can be wonderfully helpful, but you’re the only one who can ultimately decide if they’re right for you.
Using Adaptive Equipment at Holly Hall
You can enjoy more independence at the Holly Hall assisted living community. We’re experts in the use of adaptive equipment, including assistive eating devices as you enjoy your dining experiences prepared by our world-class chef. We have all the expert knowledge, tools, and technology to maximize your freedom and help you find joy in your life every day.