For home alarm devices cannot be sufficiently pleaded. In fact, it can save lives. The offers are available from different institutions, but they always have the most important things in common:
- alarm – whether as a chain around the neck, as a “smart emergency call” on the wrist or partly by calling out to the device: as soon as the user falls or is in a difficult situation, he can get help via the device. The gadgets are connected to the control center, which in turn calls the emergency doctor or the fire brigade. A key is usually draped so that helpers can enter.
- use – the home emergency call deals with the worst problem: Many accidents happen in the house and older people in particular often suffer serious damage because they are not helped quickly enough. In the event of a fall, help can be ordered directly via the house emergency call.
- Reach/Memo – Depending on the provider, the alarm not only covers the apartment, but also the garden or basement. Most of the time, users log out when they go shopping, for example, and log back in when they come back. Other providers want a short confirmation in the morning and in the evening – just to make sure everything is in order.
The house emergency call can only be strongly recommended for people with disabilities. Anyone who lives alone at home cannot hope for outside help in the event of a fall.
Even at a young age, one or the other flies over a carpet or with it. However, what works perfectly in fairy tales often ends in injuries at home. Basically, it is recommended carpets and runners fixed to the floor with anti-slip mats. However, there are caveats: very thin runners tend to curl up at the ends. No anti-slip mat can help against the risk of stumbling here, but special adhesive strips can help.
Where anti-slip mats are absolutely useful and necessary: In the bathroom. Showers and bathtubs should be equipped with safe and firmly adhering mats. Also, the bath mat in front of the exit is safer if it sticks to the floor.
Products for vision or hearing impairments
If the eyesight deteriorates significantly or if hearing used to be much easier, aids are usually required. In the past, these tools were encountered sporadically and, above all, very conspicuous. This has changed thanks to newer technology:
- visual aids – modern technology allows visually impaired people to take part in life. E-book readers allow reading, and screens can also be adjusted to the eyes. However, reading programs are even more valuable. Whether as an app on the smartphone that allows the TV guide to scan and then read aloudwhether as a digital assistant who can read books, recipes and calendars – the technology offers various aids.
- hearing impairment – did it ring? This is a question that many people with hearing impairments ask themselves. Technology can help: doorbells can be connected to digital assistants, but if you don’t want this, you can find combinations with lights: if it rings, the lamp lights up. Smartphone apps can now also help, which in turn mean that the device must always be at hand. If you don’t like that, you can get by with many fitness and smartwatch watches: Once connected to the smartphone, the notification apps can be selected. For example, if the doorbell rings, the watch on your wrist will vibrate.
There have also been good tools for intercoms or telephone calls for a long time. A number of programs convert word to text so that a hearing-impaired person can read what is being said during a phone call.
Conclusion – safe and comfortable
Today, there are many different ways of still being able to live well at home in old age or with physical disabilities. Technology makes many things possible. However, you should never do without the home emergency call button. It has often prevented seniors from lying helplessly in the bathroom for hours – or even longer – after a fall.