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Our jobs often eat away from the time we spend with our older relatives. Due to decreased body capabilities and alertness, older people can often find managing their daily activities difficult. Thanks to advancing technology, new products which can help are appearing on the market every day.

The biggest issue for the caregiver when they stay away is the safety of their elder dependents. Under stress older people can often lose the ability to communicate. Here is a list of some tech gifts that are not only easy to use, but would also help in reducing anxiety for everyone involved.

1. Senior Mobile Phones

There are a number of specialised mobile phones available which older people should consider. These phones are available in various models, with some basic features like enhanced sound system, large buttons (some are even Braille enabled) and with backlit numbers, an SOS button, Bluetooth, easy to navigate menus, and hearing aid compatibility.

For these essentials, these may cost a bit more than your average ‘brick phone’ available on the market.

2. Personal Alarm Service

You don’t want to rob older people of their dignity, nor compromise on their safety. A Personal Alarm system is a great way of ensuring that your older relatives can also access help if they are unwell or have a fall – even if you’re not at their house and they can’t make it to their mobile phone. 

With an alarm your loved one will wear a pendant button around their neck or wrist. In an emergency they simply press the button on their pendant and an alert will be raised with the 24-hour Response Team. The highly-trained team assess the situation and will arrange for help, by calling emergency contacts (friends, family or neighbours) and the emergency services if they’re required.

An alarm will provide peace of mind for everybody.

3. Anti-Slip Shower Mat

Older people have very brittle bones thanks to depleting phosphorus and calcium, and you really don’t want your loved one to slip and lie unconscious while nobody is at home. An anti-slip shower mat is a very basic thing you can buy older people to prevent untoward and avoidable accidents in the bathroom. You can also arrange for additional support like assist bars, grab rails and shower stools.

4. Medical Reminders

Older people tend to go short on memory with increasing age. And even you would lose track now and then when you deal with a lot of medicines. Invariably, older people have to deal with a lot of plastic bottles of medicines and syrups to take care of their medical ailments. Before you choose a techie pill dispenser for them, understand the different types of plastic containers, and pick something relevant to your loved ones. This makes sure your folks won’t have trouble making their new tech gift work for them.

There is Reminder Rosie which allows the caregiver to record a voice message. MedMinder is a digital pill dispenser that comes with a flash, a pre-recorded message, and a call to the set number. All you need to do is to schedule the medical tray with the dispenser. Then there are Automatic Pill Dispensers.

5. Stovetop Protector

With shaking hands and failing eyesight, cooking becomes much more dangerous than it actually needs to be for older people. To prevent accidental flares and false alarms, you can easily install portable countertop burners on your parents’ stove and live worry-free as far as burn accidents are concerned.

Products like Self-T-Element stovetop protectors are really a nice way of showing your ageing loved ones how their safety is of utmost concern to you even when you are not present with them.

6. Portable Walking Chair

Don’t let arthritis take life away from your loved ones little by little. Worry not about discomfort during the next family outing with a portable walking chair. It folds up to form a walking stick and can be unfolded to form a walking chair or a stool.

Many companies like The Stadium Chair Company and Richell Pouchu offer such products. As the user can often take rest while walking, it allows for greater exertion with the utmost comfort.

7. House Cleaning Robot

Manual cleaning becomes an impossible task at one point, whether be it due to sickness, joint pain, or depression. Something as savvy as a house cleaning robot not only makes the task much easier for an older person, but it also motivates them to stay clean by giving them some control over their surroundings. Often designed for specific needs, they come in a range of prices.

Closing Thoughts on Tech Gifts

From mobile phones specially designed for older people to robotic vacuum cleaners, the options are varied and many. To get the best out of them, think carefully about the needs of the user and consult them as much as possible before placing the order. After all, it all comes down to how happy you can make your loved ones.

Personal Alarm Information

For more information about our life-saving personal alarm service, please get in touch with our friendly team on 0800 999 0400. Alternatively, complete our contact us form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

-Kedy is an editor at The General Post and helping people to balance their life and work. He loves to write about various topics that motivate readers to chase the success. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Note: This article was originally published on 17/01/2018 and updated on 16/08/2021 to reflect current information.

Today, online shopping has become a major part of our lives. We understand this and businesses do as well. Businesses are improving their websites day by day to provide a better experience to their customers.

Online shopping is a comforting process for many of us but elder people who are not comfortable with using technology find it annoying. Don’t worry! Our online shopping guide offers some tips that elder people can consider before buying anything online. These tips are also helpful for business owners as they can use these techniques in order to improve their customer experience.

Why Shop Online?

Within the era of online shopping sites, shopping is one of the greatest conveniences. People do not want to go out in crowds and traffic to shop for something. Instead, they have the smart option to shop online, and online shopping has lots of benefits.

You can easily shop online to avoid traffic, and long queues, just to buy what you like. The discounts and offers they provide can easily attract people. What you all need to do is stay safe from unwanted threats and spyware. So before you hit the “buy now” button let me tell you some points which you should keep in mind.

I know, it is getting difficult for the non-technical elder people to shop online. This ultimate online shopping guide will help people to know the basics of online shopping. It is going to cover things like: how to be safe while making any online transaction, how to find the best product, how to get discounts, etc.

Here are some important tips for elder people to do online shopping safely:

Know the Authority: Don’t Fall for The Fake Websites

You can get many online shopping sites on the web but how would you judge the website’s safety?

Many website safety verification certificates are there to judge website safety, for example VeriSign. If you find a website with this sign you can safely use that site, as it’s more reliable and is therefore one that you can trust.

Be Aware of Price: Double Check for Hidden Costs

The Second important thing to keep in track while shopping on websites is to cross-check the shipping costs and any other extra charges which will be added to your product’s price later. What you can do to grab the best deal is compare multiple sites; always check for prices on other websites for the same product. This is a smart way to shop online.

Item Score: Check Quality Ratings and Reviews

This becomes an important factor when you are placing an order for any product, because the item is not tested physically by you. How would you know the quality of the product? While shopping online it’s a little difficult to judge the quality of any product; what you should do is read customer reviews and feedback before you plan to buy anything.

There are many sites on the web which are providing tested and comprehensive reviews on the best products. I came across Mr10, which is a review website that lists the best products for human needs. Reading reviews from niche review sites will help you find the quality product or service.

Make Sure It’s What You Want

Read the product description carefully to be sure that the product is able to do what you want. For example, is the handbag as small or big as you want? Before placing your order be doubly sure about the size and colour of the product. It can save you from the hassle of returning your product.

After Sale: Read the Return Policy

You need to remember to read the return policy of the website thoroughly before shopping for a product or service. Some companies have a particular time frame for returning and are quite strict about it, whilst others may be more relaxed and even offer a free returns service.

Check with customer service departments to make sure about the specific rules for return policy.

Important: Digitally Secured Websites

Now, this is the part where you need to put more attention. Always make sure that you are on a secure site before entering your personal details. The secure site will always have “https” at the beginning of its URL, or look for a security seal such as McAfee secure trust mark.

Find out more about the Personal Alarm

For more information on purchasing one of our life-saving personal alarms, please speak to one of our friendly advisers on 0800 999 0400. Alternatively, complete our contact us form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Author Bio – Kedy is an editor at TheGeneralPost.com. He is helping people to balance their life and work. He loves to write about various topics that motivate readers to chase the success. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated on 2nd August 2021 to reflect current information.

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