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Activities of Daily Living: How Do I Know What Is Best for My Parents as They Get Older?

For members of the “sandwich generation” — those who support both their aging parents and their own children — knowing how best to care for Mom and Dad can present unfamiliar challenges.

In almost all cases, seniors wish to remain in their own homes and resist moving to senior living communities. But nearly as often, their children worry that their parents won’t be safe at home. They wonder how their parents will continue to accomplish vital activities of daily living.

Adult children searching for the best ways to protect their parents’ health and well-being typically explore four options.

Remaining independent at home

Independa TV is an innovative care solution.

With some assistance, it is possible for seniors to remain safely in the comfortable and familiar surroundings of their own homes. Community resources like meal-delivery services can be of assistance, along with housekeepers, home health aides and other in-home help.

IndependaTV - TV for Seniors

Today, there’s an additional option to ensure that seniors achieve all necessary activities of daily living in their homes. IndependaTV™ is the first user-friendly TV with remote engagement services. IndependaTV™ helps reinforce the bond between seniors, family members, friends and caregivers by keeping track of appointments reminding seniors to take their medication. The system keeps seniors socially engaged through video chat and improves quality of life overall. It adapts to seniors’ changing needs and helps them live independently at home longer, more safely and more comfortably.

Retirement-oriented neighborhoods

Active Seniors, Group Of Old Friends Playing Cards At Park

NORCs — or “naturally occurring retirement communities” — are regular neighborhoods where older individuals tend to congregate. Some NORCs offer services such as transportation, social activities and home maintenance. Management organizations may charge fees to join.

Retirement communities

Sometimes referred to as “independent living,” these communities typically offer multi-residence buildings with the addition of services such as meal plans, housekeeping, transportation and organized activities. Seniors truly live independently, coming and going as they wish, as they enjoy the benefits of services and the company of other seniors.

Continuing care retirement communities

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CCRCs, also referred to as “life care,” offer various levels of care on a single campus. Typically, residents enter at the independent living level; then, progress to requiring assisted living or skilled nursing as their ability for self care declines. CCRCs typically require a significant entrance fee, which most residents pay through the sale of their home. A newer type of CCRC is exemplified by Kendal’s approach which provides the services of traditional CCRCs in the Kendal Community’s residents’ homes.

CCRCs offer extensive services, including various meal plans, social activities, fitness classes, group outings and transportation.

Knowing how best to provide care for aging parents is a dilemma all adult children face sooner or later. Fortunately, more options exist today than ever. Along with traditional retirement living arrangements, seniors can choose to stay in their own homes with the help of advanced technology like IndependaTV™.

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  • Our guests use the video chat and photo and message sharing features of Independa to stay connected with their families. In fact this week we admitted a guest who has a daughter in Georgia and another in Italy. I spoke with the daughter about how to share photos and messages and to make video calls from her Independa device, and later went to see the guest about how it was going. She said to me “Kelly this video chat is so cool! I don’t care how long I have to be in here now because I can see my daughters!” It’s just amazing to see one of our guests be able to connect with a loved one all the way from Italy!

    Kelly Miles, Director of Rec Therapy
  • You don’t need to keep calling me now to remind me, my TV just told me to take my medication!

    93 Year Old Independa User
  • I love that Dad can get digital photos now. He didn’t want a Facebook account so the only time he would see any photos was when we came over to visit and we’d show him on our iPhone. Now he gets them himself on the TV all the time, and when people come to visit him he proudly shows them his photo album on the TV.

    USA Properties
  • I’ve been using video chat and it has opened up my world – my family who live close by still visit once a week, but now I get to see them every day. I also get to see the rest of the family who live interstate and can’t come to visit. I also video chat with old friends who I haven’t seen for years. It has made such a big difference to my life, I don’t feel isolated anymore. I highly recommend this to other people; it really does change your life.

    USA Properties
  • I live in California, my 80 year-old dad lives in Texas and my 21 year-old daughter lives in Colorado. My daughter spends all her time on social media using her smart phone, whereas my dad spends all his time watching TV, he doesn’t understand social media and doesn’t have a smart phone. Independa is great because not only does it bring us closer despite the geographical distance between us, it bridges the gap between the generations because it uses the technology they are most comfortable with.

    USA Properties
  • We use the video chat feature in the resident’s TV to get the entire circle of care together at once; we will have the nurse and the physical therapist in the room with the resident, and we will then video call their family. That way everyone who is involved in their care gets the same message at the same time and can ask questions while we are present so there is no confusion. One time when we were working with a deaf resident, we were able to arrange for her daughter to sign via video chat and translate what we were saying and the questions her mother had; it made such a huge difference.

    Wellbridge at Brighton
  • My dad was on the Honor Flight to DC today. An amazing trip for a veteran. I was able to meet him at the Korean War Memorial. He is a Korean War veteran. I was able to send pictures of the entire experience to my mom at home throughout the day. Mom was thrilled, and when my dad gets home he has all the pictures from his trip on his TV and can even play a slideshow. Amazing!!! Thank you!

    Kendal At Home
  • Video chat on the TV is great! I was using FaceTime on my iPad to see the grandkids and I thought that was the greatest thing, but seeing them all on the big TV is truly incredible, it’s like they are in the room with me. I love it!

    USA Properties
  • When Lillian broke her hip a week before her Grandson’s wedding, she and the family were broken hearted because they thought she would have to miss this very special day. Thankfully, she had chosen Wellbridge of Brighton for her short-term rehab. “I’m going to my Grandson’s wedding” she proudly told the staff as she received the video call through her TV and was instantly ‘seated’ in the front row for the ceremony!

    Wellbridge of Brighton
  • I travel a lot for work. I used to worry myself sick about not being able to be there if Mom needed me. She says the smartphone I got her is too small, too complicated, and hard to see, but she loves using Independa. Now she can see all her shows and we can video chat so I can make sure she’s taking her medicine. It’s such a relief to check in anytime and know she’s OK.

    Laura P.