5 Signs Your Senior Community Is High-Tech
Seniors, just like so many of us today, have grown accustomed to technology. From remote controls to our smartphones, FaceTime to Facebook, many seniors are just as tech-savvy as their younger counterparts.
If you’re considering a move to senior living, you may want to look into a community that will feed your need for futuristic gadgets and the convenience of today’s technology. Here are five signs your senior community is high-tech.
1. Your Senior Community Offers Fast and Free Wifi
Most senior communities today offer free Wifi, often as part of your flat monthly fee. In other communities, seniors might pay for it along with their cable bill. Either way, you’ll want to make sure the connection is strong, even during peak traffic times and even if you have multiple devices connected. Your life’s pace may slow down pleasantly in retirement, but your Web browsing capabilities shouldn’t.
2. A Computer Center Lets You Stay Connected and Social
Many senior communities today have computer centers where residents can surf the Web, play games, or write the Great American Novel. If you want to use a computer but don’t have one, or would rather be around people than cooped up in your apartment, a computer center could be an important amenity. Bonus points if your senior community also offers computer classes, from the basics like Microsoft Word up to Adobe Photoshop.
3. Home Automation Systems Make Life More Convenient
Many high-end apartments and condos, including retirement communities, are investing in home automation systems. These systems can keep you safer, make life more convenient and even save you money if your electric bill isn’t included in your monthly fee. And if you’re a self-confessed tech-head, there’s just something cool about being able to turn on your lights, or even your dishwasher, using your smartphone.
4. Your Senior Community Provides Free iPads
While free wifi is standard, a few senior living communities provide residents with an iPad when they purchase or rent a condo in the community. If you haven’t used one before, you’ll find it’s a convenient way to surf the Web, read books, and stay in touch with friends and family. If your senior community also has home automation systems, you may be able to use an iPad to turn lights on and off, control the television and even lock the front door from your bed at night.
5. Motion Sensing Devices Help Seniors Who Need a Little Extra Attention
Motion sensing devices that “learn” a senior’s daily patterns and then set off an alert if that pattern is broken can let staff know about a fall or illness before they might otherwise find out. For instance, if a person sits in their favorite chair every morning for an hour to watch their favorite show, but fails to get out of bed that day, an alert may sound. Because no cameras are used, the systems don’t infringe on the resident’s privacy.
Even if you don’t need such safeguards today, you might in the future, especially if you’re moving into a Continuing Care Retirement Community that will let you stay in the same in your home even if you become ill, injured or need assisted living services.
Technology isn’t just fun. It can be life-saving.
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