26th Jul 2012
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Technology for aged care
Technology for aged care

More than 90 per cent of Australians wish to age in their own home. Find out how these technological advancements can help you or your parents remain at home for longer without compromising on safety or health.

Kindle

The Kindle is an e-Reader, or a device on which you can read books. While the Kindle may not be a health-specific piece of technology, it can certainly improve your quality of life. There are 80,000 eBooks (electronic books) available for the Kindle for under $10, and you can use the device to make the text bigger or smaller for easy reading. It is a cost-effective way to access books, and these days many libraries also offer eBooks for the Kindle free of charge – they simply have a time limit, or a ‘loan period’, after which you must re-borrow them. Kindle e-Readers start at $79, but be aware that the cheaper option of each model will show advertising when you are not reading. Find out more about the Kindle at www.amazon.com.

Antibiotics reminder
The National Prescribing Service (NPS) has developed an app for iPhone and iPad which will help you to ensure you never forget to take your antibiotics again. It allows you to search for the type of antibiotics you are taking and input the dosage and frequency your doctor has prescribed. The app then creates a series of alarms to remind you to take your medication. It is a simple and clever way to keep you healthy, and best of all it’s free. Find out more about the NPS Antibiotics Reminder.

Kitchen aids
Technology doesn’t have to mean computers. If you are starting to feel the ache of arthritis, or know someone who isn’t as steady using a knife in the kitchen as they once were, why not look at the kitchen aids at Arthritis Solutions? They have cutting systems, jar openers, spill-proof plates and other ingenious solutions to make cooking easier and safer. To find out more visit www.arthritissolutions.com.au.

iHealth
The iHealth system is an app for the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch which, with the aid of a few accessories, allows you to test, track and graph your blood pressure, heart-rate and weight. The system also allows you to share your results securely with friends, family and health care professionals. Self-monitoring is a great way to make sure your health is on track without frequent visits to your GP. Find out more about the iHealth system.

Slow cooker

Another kitchen invention, the slow cooker is an electrical device which, as the name suggests, cooks food on a low heat over a long period of time. It allows you to put a meal on at the start of the day when you have more energy, and leave it unattended until you are ready to eat at dinnertime. It also reduces the risk of burns from using the stove, and it is budget-friendly as often the cheaper, tougher cuts of meat produce the best results, due to the long cooking time. Slow cookers are perfect for casseroles, stews, sauces and soups. Not sure what brand of slow cooker might be best for you? This forum thread over at www.taste.com.au has some invaluable reviews from people who have already bought one.

Have you found a piece of technology which has been helpful in keeping you active around the home? Why not share it with our readers in the comments below?





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    Ian Sutton
    27th Jul 2012
    3:51pm
    I really enjoy Life Choices but I am concerned by the implied blanket recommendation of products offered by Arthritissolutions.The prices asked by this company for some of their products appear to be far in excess of current retail prices. Perhaps is this really an advertisement and I have misinterpreted its intention?
    Maggiegreen
    28th Jul 2012
    11:53am
    I agree.Most items are ridiculously high. They are available for less I'm sure because I've been looking.
    grannysally
    27th Jul 2012
    3:54pm
    When my father was in his early 90s, with weak legs, one excellent gadget was a firm handle that attached to the inside of any car door opening. He could use it to lower and raise himself in and out of the car. ie one hand on the car door, the other hand on this lever.
    It slotted easily onto and off of the latch thingy on the car door post.
    Without this he could not get into and out of my car.
    Batch8888
    27th Jul 2012
    5:21pm
    Ageing at home is being driven both by the health system, because at home care costs a fraction of hospital care etc and because we are all much more active than our parents parents. Its a win win as we all prefer our creature comforts and the familiarity of our own home and possessions.

    As we age and we all eventually become less physically mobile the number one concern is loneliness and isolation, especially for those who's life partners have passed.

    My in-laws are in their 80's and my mum in law (who I adore btw) has pretty serious cancer. They live at home. When she passes (no time soon we hope), my father in law will face that lonely time.

    One thing that most important is to keep up regular communications. My wife is amazing and stays in touch across the day. For those less fortune the Red Cross have free services to call and make you you are ok and say up and out of bed.

    Having mobiles and phones at home that are easy to use becomes all the more vital.

    There are some great reviews on this website of the latest mobile phone for seniors. Your elderly friends and relatives are hanging on to their old phones, but often struggle to use them. Do them a favour and get them an easy to read, easy to see, easy to hear mobile. The best of them are designed in Europe and come with emergency call buttons that auto txt and dial.

    So my view is keeping up communications is the ost important issue, in person, via the internet and over the phone.

    Call someone you know right know who lives alone, just to say hi. Trust me, it will make their day. Oh and btw when you do call, make sure you talk about something that's fun or uplifting. Its so easy for all of us to talk over our troubles and woes. God my mum loves to do that. But I always ask her questions to draw out the best experiences of her day. or share her granddaughters latest ballet triumph or whatever.

    Go on... make the call. If we all did that it will make a difference.

    cheers
    Andrew
    ozerokky
    29th Jul 2012
    10:09am
    As an older reader I have decided to put grab rails all the way from my front door to the foot path. This isn't to help me get from my front door to the footpath, as I am still okay on legs. No, this is so that I have something to hang onto as I am being dragged off to my new aged care facility by my family who think they know best. I reason that If I can hang on long enough , and make enough of a fuss, some of my neibours will come to my assistance. As stun guns are illegal here, we need to think outside the box if we are to continue living in our homes!!. (posted by Tung in Cheak)

    31st Jul 2012
    6:37pm
    A Care Alert you wear around your neck or pinned on your cardigan, etc. is one way of feeling a bit safer in your own home. It can be programmed to ring five people. The first four are usually your family plus any friend who is willing to be on the program. The fifth and most important really is 000. You then don't feel as if you have become invisible. They are only good within the home or so many metres outside the home but usually it's within your boundary (and the letterbox). One lass I knew fell and no one heard her and now she has a Care Alert and feels so much safer.
    Batch8888
    1st Aug 2012
    6:15am
    Seggie... there are now mobil phones with emergency call buttons too, to give protection outside the home. A Doro phone was recently reviewed on this website
    http://www.yourlifechoices.com.au/news/seniorfriendly-mobile-phone--doro-phoneeasy-615
    Senior
    8th Dec 2018
    10:03pm
    I have used Arthritissolutions a few times. Found of the products I bought from them very high quality and delivery within just a few days. They happy to provide advice over the phone and really care about their customers, providing real personal service.


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