Caregiving and Technology

Caregiving and Technology

Technological advancement can seem overwhelming. It seems like it’s every day that some new app, device, or software comes out to make it all more confusing. Well, we want to assure you that despite the heavy volume of technological support that is out there, you should not feel scared! Technology is here to make life easier. As family caregivers, you should pay attention to how technology around you can make your role a lot easier and more manageable. In this blog, we want to go over five tools that you can use to your advantage to make you the best caregiver possible. We understand that technological help may not make your loved one’s health condition easier, but it can definitely make being a caregiver more manageable at times. By the end of this blog, we hope that you are more aware of what might be out there in terms of apps and tools that can make your life a whole lot easier.

Your phone: Today, it is not uncommon to own a smart phone. In fact, it seems more and more difficult to live without one. Take this as an opportunity to learn about what your smart phone can do for you. Depending on your plan, it can easily access the internet to give you quick answers to questions you may encounter. If you have access to wi-fi, then accessing the internet is almost guaranteed. In addition, most smart phones come equipped with calendars, notepads, timers, alarms, calculators, and the ability to download apps which can offer you more features. When you have some time, take a look at your phone and see what can be useful for you.

GPS Technology: From driving to locating something or someone, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) helps you identify and locate where you or others are in the world. GPS trackers exist for individuals to help caregivers locate them if they happen to wander and get lost. This can be a huge lifesaver for people who are caring for loved ones living with memory loss. Wandering can be a common symptom of degenerative neurological disorders, so having a GPS tracker on your loved one can be an amazing tool for you.

Timers and Medication Boxes: This one may be simple, but it is effective. You can buy medicine boxes that have alarms built into them, or you can rely on your phone or tablet to set timers. All this being said, timers are a crucial way to keep your loved one medication management in order.

Electrical Use Monitoring: This technology allows you to track your loved one’s electricity usage by installing a sensor in their home. It can alert you to tell you what appliances have been turned on or off.[1] This can be a huge relief for family caregivers who do not live with their loved ones and may worry about their loved one’s safety when operating electrical appliances, like the stove or oven.

Emergency Response Systems: These devices can be carried with your loved one and used when they are in danger. For example, a small sensor can be placed around your loved one’s wrist and used when they experience a fall. This is incredibly important if they live on their own for some periods of time. These devices will alert an emergency response team that will address your loved one’s emergency.

These are just some suggestions to incorporate technology into your role as a caregiver. As you can see, technological help can range from organizing medications to avoiding life-threatening situations. If you have any questions, feel free to call ElderCare at Home at 888-285-0093 or visit our website.

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