Cool Technology Offers Alternatives to Senior In-Home Care

Voxcom III Identification System for the Visually ImpairedTiny print on prescription bottles, unreadable text on a spice jar, or even plastic tubes bearing two very different substances that happen to look alike are all potential problems for an aging relative with failing eyesight. Of course, substituting cinnamon for ground cloves or burn ointment for toothpaste may end up being just a funny story to tell the grandkids, but taking the wrong medication can have serious consequences. For a visually impaired senior, in-home care with a personal attendant might seem the only option. That’s why the Voxcom III Identification System is such a cool tool.

The system comes with a recording and playback device and 50 recordable cards. Simply insert one of the cards in the machine, press a button, and record a 10-second message describing the item. Attach the card to a bottle or package using plastic ties, rubber bands, magnets, or even Velcro. When your elderly relative needs to know what’s inside, she only has to insert the card into the reader to hear a playback of your message. The cards are durable and re-recordable, and can be used in the kitchen, the bathroom, or anywhere your loved one needs help “reading” labels.

For the independent senior, in-home care can take many forms. While nothing can replace an in-home personal attendant, the Voxcom III System is a valuable tool for maintaining your loved one’s independence and quality of life.

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Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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