With so many exciting new technologies emerging, it’s important to plan for their impact on our lives and society. Find out how these technologies are opening exciting new opportunities for those in the nursing home.
Smartphones are just the first step.
Face-to-face smartphone communication has opened up a wide range of possibilities for easier communication with friends and family. Unfortunately, as you age, new technologies often make your loved ones feel abandoned or overwhelmed. You’ve come a long way from rotary and early car phones that were only available on certain highways. However, while smartphone controls are intuitive for younger users, they can confuse many older people. Phones with simpler controls or limited menus may be more convenient for nursing home residents.
Computer software is complex.
Strike a balance by making simplified versions of the most useful SofiHub technologies available to older people. Video chat is an enjoyable way to watch the growth of grandchildren who live far away, but don’t expect grandma to download and subscribe to the software herself. The first step is to find many of the most useful programs and make them easy to find on your desktop.
Stickers with passwords and other login information are not ideal for most people, but writing down passwords for the most innocuous websites, such as social networking sites, is acceptable. The investment portfolio and bank account login should not be easily visible to other residents and visitors because it’s worth noting that the environment in a nursing home is naturally less private than a typical home office.
Personal music and stereo systems
While older people are unlikely to be very impressed with the MP3 concept, it’s better to download a selection of artists and musicians from childhood and adolescence and impress them with the availability of all the nostalgia-inducing media. By all means, request a list of your favorite musicians and check out the popular lists of the day. You all have a habit of answering routine questions , until you inevitably forget some minor favorites you never mentioned. Listening to a blast from the past can stimulate failed connections in the brain and trigger other memories.
Technology for a better quality of life
Social media helps you to stay connected while living in a nursing home, allowing people to connect with old friends from around the world or family across the country. Technology can also access forgotten films, music, and other archival records from past eras. However, making all the connections is not just to show that Grandpa can still keep calm and learn how to use computers.
The focus should be finding technology that makes sense to the user who no longer has to worry about what’s hot or cutting edge. Residents of any nursing home have earned the right not to worry about technology and to be updated with the current developments.