Is Alexa a Secret Weapon for Supporting Seniors at Home?

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The Importance of Proper Placement

When it comes to using Alexa for health and safety purposes, proper placement is key. It's important to have an Alexa device within audible reach of the most commonly used spaces in your home, such as the bedroom, living room, and bathroom. This is especially crucial if safety support is a goal, as falls are common in bathrooms. Consider setting up separate devices in each room, or at least positioning one in a central location that can be heard from most areas in the house. Additionally, make sure that each room has a stable Wi-Fi signal, and invest in Wi-Fi extenders if needed.

Using Alexa for Safety Support

Alexa can be a powerful tool for safety support, especially for those at risk of falling. However, it's important to keep a few things in mind:

  • Location of Alexa device: If the Alexa device is out of range, it won't be able to provide any support in an emergency.
  • Contacting emergency services: Alexa can't directly call 911, but you can add it to your contacts list or designate an emergency contact in the Amazon Alexa app.
  • Training: After setting up safety features, practice communicating this new capability with family and friends. Consider using Alexa's native "drop in" capability to check on loved ones who don't keep their phones nearby.

Using Alexa for Health Routines

Alexa's native reminder feature can be a fantastic way to support healthy daily routines. Here are a few ideas:

  • Sleep and wake-up times: Alexa can set up reminders for going to bed and waking up, and can also activate smart devices in the home to support sleep and wake cycles.
  • Medical appointments: Use Alexa for reminders to important medical appointments.
  • Medication reminders: Alexa can help prevent missed doses and medication adherence issues.
  • Exercise routines: Store workouts in Alexa and use her to guide you through an exercise routine.

Need Help? Contact YouMeCare

If you need extra help setting up Alexa or day-to-day support, YouMeCare can provide assistance. Same-day and next-day appointments are available.

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