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How Voice Control Gadgets Help Elderly People

It’s truly amazing to learn about the interesting advancements in voice control technology. Being able to use only the voice to control things in the environment used to only be found in science fiction. However, today’s voice technology gadgets are changing how people interact with their environment. Family caregivers may belong to a generation that embraced modern technology happily, but many elderly people are still a little resistant when it comes to adopting these innovative gadgets. However, many voice controlled devices can really help elderly people with their daily lives.

Home Care in Novato CA: Voice Control Gadgets

Home Care in Novato CA: Voice Control Gadgets

What are Some Popular Voice Control Gadgets?

Voice control gadgets have found their way into the market and not only are they generally affordable, but the advancements in voice recognition means that their scope is wide and their capabilities endless. From thermostats and light switches to vacuums and alarm clocks, many household items can be controlled or manipulated using voice commands. Televisions have also gotten into the voice control market, with sets that allow users to change channels and even browse the internet.

Perhaps the most innovative voice control gadgets are the personal assistant systems that can do a number of different tasks, such as report the weather, give sports scores, read news headlines, make shopping lists, set alarms, give appointment reminders and find addresses and phone numbers. They can play music and movies and even do searches by artist, title and more. Local movie listings, radio stations and even general trivia are no match for these amazing assistants that are all operated via voice control.

Voice Control Gadgets Can Help the Elderly.

While voice control gadgets certainly make life easier for users of all ages, there’s a definite advantage for elderly people. Because seniors are often encumbered with physical limitations, it can be hard for them to do some of the simplest tasks. Voice control allows them to maintain independence without relying on family caregivers or home care assistants for every little thing.

For example, imagine an elderly person that is bedridden and can only get up with help from someone else. With a room outfitted with voice control gadgets, they could adjust the lights, the alarm clock and the television without getting out of bed or asking a home care assistant. Seniors that may not remember to take their medicine on time or have trouble keeping track of doctor appointments can use a voice control personal assistant to help out. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the ways that voice control gadgets can help the elderly.

Nobody wants to lose their independence and seniors often struggle with the decline in physical ability. Sometimes even the smallest actions can become major challenges to them. If there’s a way to ensure that they have some control over their environment without surrendering their autonomy, seniors should embrace it. Voice control gadgets may be just the thing to keep seniors feeling self-sufficient and in control of their surroundings.

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Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.