Minimising the loss of independence through the simple use of technology

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Feeling like we have lost our independence can have a massive impact on our wellbeing, mood and sense of being connected.

In many cases it begins as a steady, subtle change starting at home. It’s lovely when people can help to do things for us. However, it can be quite distressing when people have to do things for us. It’s important that we all find ways to maintain the independence in the lives of those around us for as long as possible.

While there may be a number of variables, technology can play a part in stemming the decline of this independence. Think of it this way - an iPad or smart device is not a toy or just for games. It is a gateway to so many practical, interesting and exciting opportunities. Some may seem simple, like the ability to still stay in touch with friends and family across the world at the tap of a button. Others may seem more advanced, like the connected home where devices, aids and gadgets are operated through voice commands that help to maintain a quality of life at home.

Consider the following simple examples that are at our fingertips.

  1. Connie regularly went to the bank to manage her finances but she now finds the activity more physically challenging. While Connie has trusted family that can help her, she wants to maintain financial independence and oversight for as long as possible. Online banking allows her to maintain total visibility and control of her finances and to pay her bills.
  2. Jane has moved interstate away from her parents, Phil and Molly. The move means that Jane no longer gets to pop over and see her parents weekly for a chat. Phil and Molly getting an iPad or iPhone will mean they can easily use FaceTime to maintain the visual, interactive communication. Jane can have peace of mind by seeing her parents weekly and likewise Phil and Molly can still feel connected to Jane.   
  3. William thoroughly enjoys consuming the daily newspaper and staying up to date, but his eyesight has deteriorated and the small print is becoming harder to read. William can get a digital version of the paper and using the inherit accessibility features of the device to read the news at a time and location of his choice.

From when we are children we fight for independence and if this starts to disappear we fight even harder to hold on to it. Our experience is that people with physical and mobility concerns are very keen to utilise technology as they feel empowered. We've seen many real examples in our work. 

YourLink works with aged care providers and community organisations to upskill their teams around how smart devices can elevate quality of life programs for wellness

Contact Rick Hollingworth on 0447 866 437 or email rick@yourlink.com.au to find out how we can work with you.