The benefits of 24-hour home care can help a senior in many ways. Besides enjoying all the comforts of home, it’s also the perfect way to receive compassionate, attentive help around the clock. Additionally, a number of different services and technologies like smartphones, ridesharing, home delivery groceries, computer classes, and health trackers can improve quality of life by decreasing loneliness, offering entertainment, providing relevant resources, sparking interests, and helping retain independence.
Here are a few to consider:
1. Staying in touch with a senior-friendly smartphone.
A Jitterbug flip phone is easy to dial because it has big, clear numbers and large buttons. The “Yes” and “No” buttons on the menu make it simple to navigate, and its built-in speakers are loud and clear. Besides these user-friendly features, it’s also practical and affordable. There are no contracts, no cancellation fees, and the nationwide coverage is extremely dependable. Moreover, in the event of an emergency, there is a 5-star button to speak directly to a trained agent.
2. Getting around town without having to rely on family or public transportation.
Seniors are often frustrated by their inability to drive around town. The family is often at work and public transportation requires numerous inconveniences, particularly wait times during inclement weather. Uber and Lyft elegantly solve any issues seniors might have with getting the transportation they need to do things that they enjoy, like going to the movies or taking an art class at the senior center.
Seniors can also keep doctor’s appointments and arrange to visit with family and friends. This service is not similar to getting a taxi. For one thing, it’s relatively easy to use a smartphone to get a ride, and for another, it is far more affordable.
3. Shopping for quality meals quickly at an affordable price.
The most interesting thing about grocery delivery services isn’t their affordable costs, with some items costing less than grocery store prices, nor is it the convenience of having food delivered to the doorsteps–it’s the ease with which seniors can find healthy foods.
By contrast, it takes a great deal of time and effort to go through the food labels at a grocery store when shopping to filter out products that have too much salt, sugar, and trans fats, as well as packaged foods loaded with harmful additives like artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, monosodium glutamate, sodium sulfite, BHA, and BHT.
4. Discovering social engagement through computer learning centers for seniors.
Many organizations are now offering computer learning classes for seniors that gently guide seniors through the use of laptops and desktops. Much to their surprise, seniors are delighted to discover that it’s relatively easy to use a mouse, surf the web, send emails and make friends on social media. Suddenly, a fascinating new world of learning and social engagement opens up.
One of the biggest benefits of using the Internet is that it ends a feeling of isolation and loneliness. Seniors who use social media reduce their risk of cognitive decline, depression, and other health issues because they are able to network with others on popular social websites like Facebook and Twitter. Besides making friends, these platforms provide a constant stream of news, health improvement tips, and recommended books and movies.
5. Exercise motivation through the use of health trackers.
It’s difficult to estimate how many steps to take a day to stay in good physical health—unless, of course, you have a wearable device. Then it’s not only easy but fun. For instance, since FitBit estimates that taking 10,000 steps a day provides an optimum level of exercise, it becomes something of a game creeping up to that clearly defined goal. A senior might start with 1,000 steps a day, then after a few weeks find that 5,000 steps are doable. A few months later, they may find that 10,000 steps, considered once an impossible goal, is now part of their daily routine.
Moreover, a fitness device not only tracks activities like steps taken during the day but also ensures that someone gets the right amount of quality sleep each night.
All these different services and technologies are easily accessible and affordable. Each one provides a higher quality of life, and in the long run will prevent a senior from feeling lonely, depressed, and disconnected from the world around them.