1Nov2017

Want to Make Electronics More Accessible to Seniors with Mobility Issues?

By Lucy Wyndham

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Photo by Louis Blythe on Unsplash

 In 2014, the United States Census Bureau reported that “mobility is [the] most common disability among older Americans.” Even the most simple of tasks can be next to impossible when walking and moving is impaired. While senior living communities do an excellent job of helping older adults overcome these obstacles, it is crucial to think of ways to help improve the daily experience of seniors with mobility issues.

One commonly overlooked struggle is the ability to use common electronics. Getting up to answer the phone, turning on the TV, or walking to the computer are not always possible for older adults. To help make electronics easier to use for seniors with mobility issues, review three top modifications that can be made to any living space.


Encourage the use of mobile phones

When creating mobility-friendly homes for seniors, it is essential not to overlook considerations for commonly used electronics. This is especially true when it comes to the phone that is selected for an older adult with mobility challenges. For those who consistently have difficulties answering their landline phone, a mobile phone is a wonderful alternative. Seniors can choose to keep their mobile phones by their side at all times, and never have to worry about missing a call. They can also have quick access to a phone in case they need to call for emergency help.

Select an easy-to-use television remote

Being able to control the television without having to stand up or walk is another important consideration. Since many older adults have difficulties with seeing and pressing small buttons, having an easy-to-use remote can be just as important as having a remote. Giving seniors the ability to effortlessly watch television helps foster independence and removes unnecessary hassle.

Switch to tablets or laptops rather than desktop computers

Getting up, walking to, and sitting down at a computer is a major challenge for seniors with mobility issues. Individuals who are unable to easily access their computers may be discouraged from staying in touch with loved ones by email, social media, or video chat. That’s why it is crucial to help make computers as accessible as possible. Some seniors may enjoy the idea of switching from a desktop computer to a tablet or laptop. Tablets and laptops provide all of the same features as a desktop computer, and in most cases, are just as user-friendly.

With more seniors using technology and electronics every day, it is essential to make computers, phones, and televisions more accessible for older adults struggling with mobility challenges. A few simple modifications can make it possible for seniors to access their electronics on a daily basis with minimal effort.

26Jun2017

ESCO Technologies Names Drew Allgeier To Head New TechConnect Business Services Division

Liberty Township, OH – ESCO Technologies, LLC, announced it is hiring industry veteran Drew Allgeier to lead the company’s new TechConnect division, devoted to providing local technical support services to senior living properties across the country.

TechConnect builds on ESCO’s experience with the award-winning CareConnect managed services solution, the only integrated entertainment, communication and life safety suite designed specifically for the senior housing market. “As a managed services provider in the senior living space, we’ve seen firsthand the tremendous opportunity to help these communities and organizations by keeping their infrastructure up and running 24/7,” said Lou Lindsey, ESCO’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Lindsey noted that ESCO’s CareConnect solution is known for its unique Technology Concierge, an ESCO employee who works onsite at senior communities, helping staff and residents with setup and day-to-day issues related to CareConnect phone, TV, Internet and wireless calling systems. “TechConnect is a timely and logical extension of our CareConnect portfolio. There’s a growing demand for rapid response technicians, as well as routine IT integration work like cabling or device installation and replacement.”

Allgeier brings 20 years of sales, operations and channel development experience to the ESCO team. Prior to joining ESCO, he was the Executive Director and GM of Contingent Technology Solutions, a Comcast Business Company. “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the ESCO team,” he said. “They have a reputation for delivering innovative products and providing outstanding service, and I’m excited about the opportunity to build upon and extend that legacy.”

Allgeier said his primary responsibility as head of TechConnect will be “to offer our clients the ability to put a field technician onsite at a moment’s notice, anywhere in the country, when ‘smart hands’ troubleshooting is required.”

According to Lindsey, TechConnect will allow ESCO to expand its service offering to existing customers, while also growing market share by scaling ESCO’s ability to deliver superlative service and extremely attractive service level agreements.

“Whenever you need a tech onsite to repair, replace or report, we want you to know that ESCO is ready to respond rapidly, and we are very excited for Drew to lead the charge,” added Lindsey. “We anticipate additional announcements in the near future as we broaden the scope of services and make them available to our channel partners as well.”

 

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