Though the madness of Black Friday shopping might not be the ideal situation for most seniors, there are often a lot of great items for sale they would find appealing, and some of these things might even make their lives easier. If you’re thinking about picking up a cool gadget for your elderly loved one this coming Black Friday, Summit home care professionals recommend trying to find one of the following items.
1. Large Font E-Reader
If your loved one enjoys reading but has a difficult time because of diminished vision or problems holding or turning the pages of a traditional book, an e-reader may be the perfect solution. Both the Amazon Kindle DX and the iPad have 9.7-inch screens, which make it possible to enlarge the font beyond what you would find in a large print book. Most e-readers also allow adjusting or reversing the screen contrast for greater ease of reading.
2. Printer with Email Address
Hewlett-Packard offers a line of all-in-one printers that have both an Internet connection and a unique email address. This eliminates the need to boot up a computer to view or print emails. You can send your loved one pictures, articles, or messages to the printer’s email address and they will automatically print similar to a fax machine.
3. Voice Clarifying Headset
If your loved one likes to watch TV but has a difficult time hearing without the volume at full blast, a voice clarifying headset may be the perfect solution. For example, TV Ears® is a wireless headset that dampens background noise while amplifying the volume of the TV program. The headset even automatically decreases the volume of annoying commercials.
4. Amplified Photo Phone
This device can make it easier for your loved one to stay in touch. Most photo phones hold up to 9 pictures, so all your loved one has to do is touch the picture of the person he or she wishes to call. These senior-friendly phones are hearing aid compatible, and they also have oversized push buttons and adjustable receiver and ringer volume controls.
5. Sound Bar
This device is ideal for the senior movie buff. A sound bar will turn any room into a home theater with just the touch of a couple of buttons. Philips offers a variety of sound bar systems with wireless surround sound, Bluetooth® compatibility, and spatial calibration function to ensure optimal sound regardless of the speaker placement.
Gadgets aren’t the only things that can enhance your loved one’s quality of life. A professional caregiver from Home Care Assistance in Summit is another wonderful idea. Our caregivers can provide social and mental stimulation and assist with a variety of household tasks. To learn more about the live-in and respite care Summit seniors count on, call one of our friendly Care Managers today at 908.450.9400.