Age Space, the guide to caring for elderly relatives, is promoting the use of smart home technology to keep them safe through this winter.
With the Covid-19 crisis far from over and uncertainty about how long restrictions will be in place after Christmas, Age Space said that it is vital families start planning how older people can be kept safe during the colder months.
This process can be made simpler with the integration of smart home technology, Age Space advised.
Founder Annabel James said: “Whilst the pandemic has resulted in many negatives for older people, the generational advancement in terms of technology shouldn’t be ignored.
“Now is the time for families to embrace this new eagerness to learn and use smart technology to help elderly relatives feel safe and connected in their own home.
“With winter setting in fast, and uncertainty about where we will be in the new year, we advise families to start researching and getting home tech solutions in place now before it’s too late.”
The organisation advised that there are technology-based solutions to almost every problem.
It suggested products that could solve problems such as forgetting to take pills, concerns that carers are being too intrusive, or worries regarding falls in the home.
Age Space recommended products like the Buddi GPS Fall Detector, which can alert family members if an elderly relative has had a fall.
Other products included the Ring video door bell system, the Pivotell Advance GSM Automatic Pill Dispenser with SMS messaging and the CallGenie Appliance with HD Webcam.