Future of Aging Showcased at The Werner House

Contributed by BSM Staff

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With nearly 14 million Americans aging alone at home, The Werner House, a nursing home, is showcasing the latest tech-enabled products and accessible furnishings designed for seniors.

The house is now available for families to experience a short-term Airbnb vacation stay to determine what they might like to incorporate into their own homes while glimpsing the future of aging in a chic environment.

“With technology constantly advancing, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when faced with endless options,” said Lisa M. Cini, aging expert and founder of The Werner House. “Despite the products available on the market, it may be difficult to pinpoint which ones can help decrease falls and navigate day-to-day tasks like cooking, bathrooming and cleaning the house when aging at home, especially when alone.”

Guests of The Werner House can try tech and design innovations, including kitchens and bathrooms with height-adjustable countertops, sinks, cabinets, and bidet toilets, as well as living rooms and bedrooms featuring ergonomic furniture, circadian lighting, and Shaw smart flooring; a fitness room with equipment designed to maintain balance and cognition; and a wellness spa with a seated infrared sauna and state-of-the-art hot and cold plunge pools.

The Werner House will help people make more informed decisions about the latest technology designed specifically for aging adults by Pottery Barn, Shaw, JACLO, Williams Sonoma, Pressalit, Samsung, and Brondell, among others that are designed to enable independent living, promote safety, security, and mobility, moving them from fear to freedom and improving quality of life.

In addition, remote health monitoring devices like hearing aids are available with fall detection and the ability to track body and brain health in 27 languages. There are also devices that measure movements that indicate risk of falling, and others that monitor 10 medical parameters including temperature, respiratory rate, blood pressure, breathing patterns, heart rate, lung function, etc. in 30 seconds.

A handheld device allows for remote office visits and real-time collection of vital sign readings, to accurately monitor medical conditions regardless of location. Even the world’s smallest and lightest wearable blood pressure monitor is now available, as well as a pill dispenser that will flash the corresponding day slot with a bright red light and blast an alarm that increases in volume until pills are taken.

“The latest technologies can truly support independent living while aging safely, worry-free and comfortably at home,” said Cini. “The Werner House in Columbus, Ohio is an adventure for the whole family to experience the new world of tech devices that can provide peace of mind for aging loved ones.”

For more information about The Werner House, visit www.infinite-living.org.