How Technology Helps Aging Parents Stay In Their Homes

Aging in Place is the foundation of The CareGiver Partnership
No one likes to give up their independence. Thankfully, manufacturers and service providers are catering to the growing number of seniors who want to age in place in their own homes. 

Aging in place, the preferred lifestyle for older adults, requires tools and support that allow seniors to live in their own homes safely and independently. This concept is the foundation of The CareGiver Partnership.

Products and services to facilitate aging in place are continually emerging, with technology making a big impact on home safety and quality of life. There’s never been a better, easier time to age in place.

With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, manufacturers and service providers are adapting to the growing need for tools that allow seniors to safely and affordably remain in their homes as long as possible.
Universal design: Many builders, architects and designers today are embracing the concept of universal design — producing buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to older people, people with and without disabilities — by combining the latest technology and modifications. Tech innovations in this area include automated heating, cooling and lighting systems controlled by smartphone applications; environmental sensors that notify homeowners of water leaks, fire, broken windows or the presence of carbon monoxide; and motion sensors that control lighting, surveillance and door locks.

The CareGiver Partnership's state-of-the-art demonstration center.
Universal design also is related to “visitability,” having a home where friends or family members who rely on wheelchairs or walkers could comfortably visit or live there. Elements of such a home include zero-egress entry, wide doorways, easy-access counters, levered faucets and more. Putting these principles into practice, the founders of The CareGiver Partnership built a home in 2013 that serves as a state-of-the-art demonstration center by incorporating a wide range of these aging-in-place elements.

Home and health care apps: With the Apple Watch — and new HomeKit, HealthKit and other apps —we’ll be able to control a broad range of devices with the touch of a display. Plans for future functionality include using watches to control home lighting, temperature and security, as well as monitor nutrition, exercise and health — the possibilities are endless. Read more about how the Internet of Things will help aging parents and others stay in their homes.

Personal Emergency Response Systems: For the elderly interested in the extra security of monitoring at home, companies like Philips Lifeline make personal emergency response systems (PERS). Lifeline products include easy-to-use phones, smartphone apps, a waterproof pendant that allows the wearer to call for help 24 hours a day, and Auto Alert, which detects falls and calls for help. Visit The CareGiver Partnership for a special discount on Lifeline.

For those looking for simpler solutions at home, new products continually arrive on the market, from amplified big-button phones to medication reminders to Web-enabled surveillance cameras. Be sure to check out these items on our site and download our free fall prevention guide.

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About The CareGiver Partnership. The CareGiver Partnership helps caregivers and their loved ones with answers to their caregiving questions, including information about home health care products and supplies, from our Wisconsin-based team of Product Specialists who are all current or former caregivers. The company’s Web site provides the largest online library of resources on subjects most important to caregivers — from arthritis to assisted living, and Parkinson’s to prostate cancer — as well as access to more than 3,000 home care products for incontinence, skin care, mobility, home safety and daily living aids. The CareGiver Partnership was founded in 2004 by Lynn Wilson of Neenah, Wisc. Visit to learn more or call 1-800-985-1353.


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