Health-monitoring devices and apps with easy-to-use features are making aging in place easier for seniors. This technology also enables family caregivers and other adult children to better understand their loved one’s health status, especially when being present regularly in the senior’s home is not possible.

Which technologies help seniors monitor health?

Medminder. This locked pill dispenser is programmed to unlock when medications are to be taken. A caregiver can monitor the activity remotely. The dispenser will beep if the medication is not taken at the correct time. If the beep doesn’t work, a pre-recorded voice of a loved one will issue a reminder. As a third and final step, a phone call is placed to the senior and a family caregiver if the medication has not been taken.

LifeStation. The LifeStation can include a standard pendant with a call button, a wristband, or a base station. LifeStation Mobile offers GPS monitoring to locate the senior. Fall detection features send notifications to LifeStation operators.

VitalBand. The VitalBand by VitalTech is an emergency voice call-out and fall-detection watch. This is one of a handful of health-monitoring devices that tracks vital signs like heart and respiratory rate, and oxygen saturation, as well as physical activity and sleep quality. It also provides medication reminders. Family members can view their loved one’s streaming vitals, historical readings, and fall alerts via a mobile app.

Rest Assured. An in-home monitoring service, family members can access live videos and senior alerts through a protected portal online.

The system can detect:

  • Motion
  • Opening of doors and windows
  • Smoke or carbon monoxide
  • Temperature
  • Bed or chair occupancy

CarePredict. Tracking a senior loved one’s hygiene, housekeeping, and health habits are important, as those activities will help determine if they are living safely in their own home and not developing some serious health issues.

CarePredict offers wearable health-monitoring devices that focus on such daily activities as:

  • Number of times the senior has eaten
  • Frequency of teeth brushing
  • Frequency of bathroom usage
  • Sleep
  • Movement within the home
  • Fall detection

The wearer can press an assist button to send an alert to a caregiver. Two-way audio communication over Wi-Fi enables fast check-ins with the senior. Through the CarePredict app, family members remain in the loop concerning their senior’s welfare.

Lorex Elderly Care Solutions. Elderly monitoring solutions, such as Wi-Fi cameras in the senior’s home, allow family members to stay connected with loved ones that includes free remote reviewing and two-way communication.

KardiaMobile. This device, which is small enough to fit in a pocket, is an FDA-cleared personal EKG. It captures an EKG in 30 seconds and provides instant analysis via a smartphone app. It has no wires, patches, or gels. The user simply places his or her fingers on sensors.

The EKGs can be saved or shared. With the press of a button, the senior can email the information to a physician. KardiaMobile is compatible with most Android or iOS smartphones.

Dexcom G6 CGM. This system provides continuous glucose monitoring with no finger sticks or calibrations. Using a smart device and receiver, the user immediately obtains glucose readings. Also, the data can be shared with up to 10 followers.

Blurams Security Camera. With Wi-Fi capability, a camera that uses motion detection sensors and live video to track seniors who may be prone to wander. The system also comes with a phone app that will alert family members and caregivers if there are unusual activities or if someone leaves a coverage area.

It is Alexa-capable and has hands-free two-way calling, enabling family members to communicate with their loved ones and confirm they are okay.

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