- How to Promote Independence & Avoid Wandering Away Kim Hegwood 21:39
“I think more of where I come from, is not focusing on a specific tool. But focusing on the decisions that need to be made to select the right tools. So, we’ll mention some tools. But first I think what’s important is for families to look at a few key questions. The first question is, what am I trying to solve? Am I trying to know when mom falls? Am I trying to know that she’s okay because she can press something and I can talk to her and she can talk to me, whether she’s at the grocery store or the gas station, in her bedroom, in her bathroom? We can have a two-way conversation. Is it that if something happens, I want 9 1 1 to be alerted? If something happens I want family members to get a text. Is it, I want to know when they leave a certain space or a certain area, is that what I want?” ~Benjamin Surmi
Today Kim Hegwood and Benjamin Surmi sit down to discuss
How to Promote Independence& Avoid Wandering Away
1. Do you think that tech is the solution to helping seniors with dementia?
2. There are watches that do everything nowadays. What watches do you think as especially helpful for seniors?
3. I often hear that mom doesn’t want to wear one of those alert buttons. Is there another option?
4. What other options are available to keep someone safe?
5. How are these tools empowering seniors?
How to Contact Benjamin
Getting support and care for an aging adult is often one of the most frustrating experiences for any family member or friend. It’s nothing like the customer-centric experience so familiar in other areas of our lives. And working in the field is just as challenging. Benjamin is a social gerontologist passionate to design surprisingly delightful user experiences for elders, their family members, and care professionals. He drives Koelsch Communities’ Innovation Lab, wellness and lifelong learning, employee and family education, workflow design, and culture initiatives
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