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5 Technology Tools Caregivers and Elders Should be Using

Elder Care in Framingham MA

Woman giving senior woman instructionsTechnology is something that most people can’t live without. It provides a convenient way for people of all ages to connect with the outside world through texts, emails, and social media. Another increasingly popular way to use technology is for family caregivers and older adults.

There are a wide range of apps that can be downloaded to most mobile devices and tablets that will make a family caregiver’s job much easier. You can use these 5 apps as a way to monitor the senior’s health and keep them safe at all times

  • Tochtech: Based in Vancouver, the mission of Tochtech is to provide “SMART home solutions for safer living” among the older population. The unique feature of this product is the fact that it will alert family members or non-medical caregivers if the elder’s stove is turned on and left unattended. This is possible through motion sensors, wireless and patent-pending technologies, and the Internet.
  • Torchlight: Torchlight provides family caregivers with simple to navigate digital tools that will provide them with 24 hour support. Roadmaps are built in this tool in order to allow the caregiver to easily find the advice they are looking for from experts in the industry. The information found in Torchlight will also allow the family caregiver to come up with an action plan to provide the elder with the care they need.
  • ElderCheckNow: This innovative mobile app can be downloaded on any mobile device and enables the senior to periodically check their health with the push of a green or red button. By pushing these buttons, the elder can record what their heart rate is, as well as their location and status update. Caregivers will be the only ones with access to this information and can send a check-in request whenever they would like. 
  • PlantNanny: Older adults often do not realize they are thirsty, causing them to forget to drink water when their bodies are in need of it. PlantNanny will send the elder reminders to drink water. It works by allowing the elder or a non-medical caregiver to input their personal information into the mobile app, including height, weight, and level of physical activity. The program will then select a plant for the elder that will grow when they drink enough water. To monitor how much water they are drinking, a senior needs to push a little round button on the PlantNanny app every time they drink a cup of water.
  • SentinelCare: This is an alternative to PERS (Personal Emergency Response System). Motion and specialty sensors are used to warn the family caregiver if the elder’s health is deteriorating of if an intervention is needed. Family caregivers can receive notifications on their phone when their loved one’s health is in danger.

If you are looking for an app that will help you care for an elderly loved one, try out these 5 options.


If you or an aging loved one are considering non-medical in-home care in Metrowest Boston, MA, call Griswold Home Care and speak to one of our caring staff members today. Call (781) 559-0073