The saying, “Home is where the heart is” is probably truer today than ever before. No matter where your home may be, you call it home because you not only live there, you thrive there. As your health declines, though, no matter what your age is, it can become harder to live at home independently.
The good news is that we live in a world today that is far more advanced than it was even a generation ago. Technology has turned everything, including health care, on its ear. Whether you are in an assisted living, rehab, acute care center, or your own living room, it is possible to live independently with proper medical assistance from caregivers as needed. You do not need to give up your independence just yet.
More and more Physicians and nurses are advocating that people stay at home for as long as possible. They know their patients will comfortable in an environment they know without strangers walking all around them. Hospitals and clinics, as much as they try, cannot offer the therapeutic benefits of whichever place you call home. Now, that does not mean you should not have a medical caregiver supervising your health. It does mean though, that you can do all the things you love to do and take care of yourself while doing them.
No matter where you live or how old you are, your health should be your top priority and prevention is the name of the game. It is the difference between spending $15 on prevention or $15,000 on emergency treatment. There are so many innovative treatments that are being developed right now so that you can live as healthy as possible, as independently as possible.
Taking Care of Health and Home
For example, if you live alone and are cooking, alarms on your stove can protect you against a house fire or hazards like a gas stove that was left unattended for some time. Other, similar, devices can also check the air quality of your home or shut off water automatically when you are filling the tub for a relaxing bath.
Do you need help taking your medications? To properly take care of yourself you must remember your medications and keep them straight. Pills and syrups can become confusing very quickly, especially if they all look the same! If you are unable to remember your medications, it is helpful to have a caregiver or friend give you your medications at the times and doses you need them. If, however, you are living alone, then you can use “smart” pillboxes to help you keep track of which medication you need to take and when. If you do not remember if you have taken a pill that day, it can even tell you that. If you cannot set up your pillbox, your nurse or pharmacist (or the neighbor) can help you.
If you are in a wheelchair, you can install motion activated lights or voice sensors so you can open the blinds, turn down the thermostat when you are hot or turn off the lights at night. There are also security systems that will allow you to enter, lock or set alarms in your house with just a fingerprint or even your voice. You can even connect your doorbell to a camera so you can see who is at the door without having to open it. If you need emergency help from an ambulance or the police, you can quickly call for assistance from a necklace or watch even if you cannot reach the phone. They will also notify your emergency contact person for you.
Live, Laugh and Love
Innovative research is being done to help you check your blood sugars without having to prick yourself every time. Robots are being created so surgeons can even perform heart surgery without making a single cut or being in the same room as the patient. If you are blind because your retinas have degenerated, they now have glasses that will allow you to see again. There are even prosthetics you can use that will deliver full range of motion to your arms and legs when you are wearing them. You can even call your doctor from a computer at home, and they can evaluate you just like they would if you were at their office. They can order your prescriptions, and you can pick them up at the pharmacy- or have your medications delivered to you (yes, there is a service like that too).
Technology is developing rapidly and changing the face of healthcare. It is possible for you to be able to live an independent and healthy life, no matter what your condition is. Nurse teams like your Independent Caregivers care about helping you live your life to the fullest and are striving every day to make that desire a reality.
Everyone’s primary concern is that you are as safe as you are comfortable. Being able to live at home offers the comfort and stability you need and devices such as those mentioned here enable you to be safe while you live your life. You do not need to be confined to a group home or hospital bed. By utilizing the technology that is available today you can do whatever you want to do without compromising your health.