Innovative Ideas That Will Make Life Easier as We Age
In today's world, there are increasing numbers of innovative and creative ideas that likely will make life much easier for senior citizens. These will allow them to stay longer in their homes, as opposed to being shipped off to assisted living facilities or nursing homes to finish the remainder of their lives in situations they would prefer to avoid.
Due to age and illness, as people age, the tasks of daily living for many of them become increasingly difficult.
Opening jars, vacuuming carpets and driving become chores they simply cannot safely and effectively do.
However, with a bit of help from the right sources, they can deal easily with such issues.
Many types of assistance are already here,and there are more to come!
There is no getting around the fact that as we age our abilities to function diminishes—in some people more quickly than others. We also suffer from ailments that require medications, some of which affect our ability to drive safely.
For this reason, the elderly need to be realistic about their situations and try to find ways of dealing with transportation issues.
The questions older people need to address regarding this issue depend on how old they are, the medications they take, their ailments and their geographical locations.
The good news is that there are a number of services available right now that can eliminate the need to drive altogether.
If they wait just a bit longer, self driving cars will be available as well.
For many years now retailers of all sorts have offered the option of direct shipping. They make returns easy and inexpensive, and for those who shop online, it is easy to make choices and compare pricing.
Big retailers such as Wal-Mart and Amazon that already have excellent options for shipping products have recently added options for delivering groceries as well.
There is a charge for this type of service, but it is much less expensive, safer, and more convenient than having to drive to the store to make such purchases. It’s a simple matter of picking up the phone and placing an order.
More important is the fact that grocery chains that never delivered to people before now must do so as well if they wish to compete, so it’s a win-win for the consumers!
Many pharmacies now offer delivery services.
The only caveat here is that the new laws require people to pick up narcotics personally with a prescription from their doctor in hand.
However, individuals can make special arrangements to have a designated person to pick these drugs up for them.
Meals on Wheels
Those who are too ill to be able to prepare food for themselves can use the services of an organization called Meals on Wheels.
Each day, for a small fee, a large meal is delivered directly to the elderly person's home. There is usually enough food for two sittings, and while the food is simple in nature, it is nutritious and frees the sick person from the worries of shopping, driving, and cooking.
Food Delivery Services
Some restaurants recently have started delivery services as well, which means that the elderly can still enjoy good food without ever having to leave their houses.
In fact, there are now companies that will ship previously cooked meals or their components (with directions for preparation included) right to your door!
So, as you can see, many of the day to day things people need or want to purchase can be provided easily and at a reasonable cost.
These services make daily living much easier and safer for the elderly and also provide a level of independence and good nutrition they could not otherwise have.
Many elderly live alone, so when they get sick, transporting themselves to doctors and hospitals can be impossible.
In emergencies, they can go to the hospital by ambulance, but not every situation requires this type of help.
Fortunately, many facilities offer free or low cost pick up and drop off services for visits to doctors and hospitals which allow older people the convenience of making appointments without having to go to them by themselves.
In addition, there is a growing and popular trend that allows doctors to meet with patients via video connections such as Skype .
This wonderful idea is in its infant stages but promises to be a successful way for doctors to discuss issues with patients, check their vital signs and send staffers to their homes to take blood samples and the like.
While these things do not totally exempt elderly patients from physically visiting with their doctors, they certainly reduce the number of times they have to see them.
Those who have enough money to do so can use car transport services such as taxi cabs, Uber and Lyft.
Despite their costs, these services have become very popular because they are so convenient and easy to use.
If you want to get an idea of what it costs to use them, you can find this information on the Uber website by using their cost calculator
People who are trying to decide whether it will cost less to use these types of services than to own and drive their own automobiles need to have some way to compare the two. This chart put out by Kelly Blue Book can help.
Each situation is different, so while using car services may actually cost less in the long run for some people, it may not work for others.
Much depends on where you live, the type of car you own or is provided by the service, how often you use the service and similar factors.
One of the best inventions for older people is the self-driving car.
Right now these cars are still being tested, but before long they’ll become available to the general public and may well resolve transportation issues for the elderly.
These vehicles would allow people to maintain their independence and continue to function as they did before transporting themselves safely ever became an issue.
Arthritis, surgeries and similar issues make house cleaning difficult for seniors, but new technologies are helping them to overcome those hurdles.
There already are battery driven autonomous vacuum cleaners and before long I suspect people will own robots who not only clean houses but also prepare meals and do other household chores.
Prototypes have already been built and promise to be the future answer for people who can no longer properly care for their homes.
Barring that, there are now professionally run services that allow people to call for helpers who, for a fairly reasonable price, will do laundry, make beds, dust, mop and keep homes in tip top condition.
Cost Is Just One Issue to Consider
While it is not cheap to own some of these inventions or pay for various services, it is very important for people to consider issues such as safety, convenience and the overall effects that these choices can have on their quality of life.
Driving always creates risk. Aging increases the possibility of accidents and falls.
For these reasons, the elderly must decide which options are the best in terms of helping them to maintain their independence.
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities can cost thousands of dollars per month, and living in them is not always pleasant.
Therefore, spending extra to make life easier and quality of life better might be an older person's best choice.
Innovative ideas that are making life easier for the elderly are being introduced almost daily now. It will be interesting to see what the future holds, but one thing that is certain is that every great idea that is introduced will take senior citizens one step closer to improving their quality of life.
Do you think the above options are good ones for senior citizens to consider?
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