Aging in Place? Stay Connected with Accessible Telecommunications Services.

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Dec 06, 2023

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Did you know that Pennsylvania has the fifth largest older adult population in the nation with 3.4 million individuals?1 As the population continues to age, more people are weighing their options when it comes to downsizing, moving into a senior living community, or choosing to age in the comfort of their homes. According to a 2021 Home and Community Preferences survey by AARP of 2,826 U.S. adults, about 75% of people over the age of 50 expressed that they would like to remain in their current houses and communities—meaning aging in place is becoming a more prevalent life choice among older adults.2



What to Know About Aging in Place

If you’re leaning toward spending your years in the place where you feel the most content and safe, then you need to be willing to make some modifications to your home. As you age, your needs change, which means certain features in your home may need to be adjusted. Wider doorways and walkways; accessible bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms; ramps and lifts; non-slip floors; and stability aids like grab bars and handrails are some of the most common enhancements that come to mind, but assistive technology can play an important role in aging in place too.

Many people choose to age in place because they want to maintain their independence, and assistive technology helps make that possible. From smart home devices that allow you to control the temperature or lights with voice commands to amplified phones and doorbells, there are plenty of high-tech tools that can help you navigate your day-to-day with ease. If you’re a senior with hearing loss, Captioned Telephone Relay Service is a free service that allows you to read captions of what’s said to you during phone conversations using a uniquely designed CapTel® phone.


CapTel Makes Phone Conversations Clearer

Using CapTel, you can confidently and securely age in place knowing that you can effectively communicate over the phone. Whether you’re calling loved ones to catch up, chatting with your doctor, or contacting first responders in an emergency, CapTel is a dependable communication solution for older adults who have hearing loss.

Best of all, the CapTel captioning service is free and available in English and Spanish, with captions appearing on the bright, built-in display screen of the CapTel phone just moments after the other caller has spoken. CapTel phones can be purchased directly for $75 through a third-party vendor, or qualified Pennsylvania residents can apply for a CapTel device through the state’s Telecommunications Device Distribution Program (TDDP)—which provides specialized equipment to individuals who find it difficult to use a standard phone.

 

Age in Place Confidently with CapTel

To learn more about CapTel, including how to purchase or apply for an assistive communication device, visit pactrs.com today!


Sources:

1Master Plan for Older Adults, Pennsylvania Department of Aging

 22021 Home and Community Preferences Survey: A National Survey of Adults Age 18-Plus | Joannne Binette & Fanni Farago, AARP Research

 CapTel is a registered trademark of Ultratec, Inc.

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