When a senior loved one lives alone, adult children and other relatives worry about many different issues. Falls, poor nutrition, medication mistakes, health emergencies, and crime are just a few. It is fairly common for family caregivers to make multiple trips to a senior’s home every week.
The stress and physical demands of caregiving for an older adult may lead the family member to experience a health crisis of their own.
That’s why it’s important to explore all available options for care and support.
Fortunately, technology is making the role of family caregiver a little easier.
How Caregiver Technology Improves Lives
There are products available to assist with a variety of needs and concerns.
If you are a caregiver, a few technologies to consider include:
- GreatCall products: This company offers senior-friendly smartphones, medical alert devices, and wearable GPS products. These tools make it easier to communicate with an older loved one, as well as track their location should they become lost.
- Medication management: Older adults are commonly admitted to hospital emergency rooms because of mistakes with medication. Sometimes these mistakes are caused by simple forgetfulness. At other times a senior gets medications mixed up. Reminder apps, like Pill Monitor: Drug Reminder and CareZone, can alert the older adult that it is time to take their medication. For those who need additional assistance, a more robust medication-management system might be the solution. One that earns high marks from older adults and their families is an automated medication dispenser from Philips Lifeline. Family caregivers can program it to release the correct dosage at the right time. It will even send you an alert if a senior misses a dose. Another similar system to explore is MedMinder.
- GrandCare Systems: If you want to keep an eye on your older loved one’s well-being while still helping them live independently in their own home, GrandCare might be of assistance. This company installs discrete sensors throughout a senior’s home. It allows you to monitor for unusual activity or changes in behavior. For example, you can receive an alert if an exterior door is opened in the middle of the night, or if the senior has gotten up at their normal time in the morning.
When these technologies are used in conjunction with the support of an in-home caregiver, a senior is more likely to be happier, healthier, and safer.
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With specialty services ranging from dementia care to post-surgery rehab, Griswold Home Care makes it easier for families to ensure their loved one receives the quality care they deserve. Call us today at 1-800-474-7965 to learn more!