High-Tech Gadgets Improve Senior Life

When Naomi Beck gets up from her bed, her bathroom light automatically turns on.

This is part of the "Smart Room" technology at Childers Place nursing home in Amarillo. The room combines fiber-optic technology and motion detectors to alert nursing staff when a resident needs help.

"This system is designed to provide safety and security for our residents," said Gene Wells, of Technical Solutions, company that installed the equipment at the nursing home.

Wells said this technology is especially important for people at higher-risk for falls or injuries. With it, they are able to respond quicker and monitor more patients at the same time.

"Everybody has different behavior profiles," Wells said. "So we use the technology to set it up around what their needs are."

One area adult care center says it's important now more than ever to integrate new technology for the new senior citizen.

"With the baby boomers aging, who had use of tall this technology; they are certainly going to have different wants and desires for what their care is going to be like," said Alana Chilcoate, Jan Werner Executive Director.

New devices, like medication dispensers and motion detectors, give seniors the freedom to stay home without creating a burden for their family members.

"It's not things that they are having to use, it's just there to provide them a secure feeling," Wells said about the motion detectors.

But more importantly, it gives families a peace of mind.

"I am very pleased," said Naomi Beck. "And I feel safe."