Ways That Modern Technology Can Assist With Caregiving

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Posted: 1/10/2022 9:25 PM by Interim HealthCare
Seniors and technology: not two words you often see put together. But – times are changing. An increasing number of seniors are active on social media, surfing the internet for information, and shopping online. Technology is keeping them engaged and interested in life.

Technology is also helping family caregivers, who often are juggling many other obligations: family, job, social, fitness, and more. New developments are providing increased awareness for caregivers by keeping them informed of their parent’s or senior loved one’s health and alerting them to situations they need to be made aware of.

Described here are a couple of ways that modern technology can assist with caregiving:

Technology and Caregiving: Health Care

Email: caregivers can now email their parents or loved one’s physicians with questions and receive a response. Many healthcare practitioners have portals caregivers can sign into, and access doctor’s via a messaging feature in the portal.

Telemedicine: is now allowing doctors and patients to communicate virtually and even give a diagnosis without the senior having to leave their home. It helps avoid the difficulties of dressing and transporting a loved one to and from what might be only a 10-minute in-office appointment.

Health records: some websites and apps can store medical records that caregivers can readily access, such as prescription history, allergies, lab tests, medical events, and more.

Medication management: devices that reduce medication errors by caregivers. They can send messages telling the caregiver which medication to take and when to take it, track missed doses, and give a verbal description of a medication and instructions on how it should be taken. Alarms can also alert a caregiver that it’s time for medications to be taken by their loved one.

Technology and Caregiving: Safety Monitoring

Fall prevention and response devices: falls are a common cause of death for adults age 65+. Help is available from sensor pads, wheelchair alarms, and fall detectors. 

Motion detectors: can be a simple as a light turning on when someone enters a room, or as complex as monitoring a particular area or room in the home. Caregivers can also be notified if there hasn’t been any activity for a given period of time.

Webcams: caregivers can see what their loved one is doing, like sleeping, eating, watching television, etc. 

Audio monitors: two-way communication devices that allow the caregiver to listen to their loved one from another room to alert them to such things as a parent waking up, being ready for a meal, or needing help getting out of bed.

Door alarms: these can keep a senior from wandering outside without the caregiving knowing that they’ve opened and left through one of the doors in the home.

Communication aids: specialized equipment like phones with larger buttons and enhanced audio, or computers with magnified type make it easier for seniors to call when they need help or email a message to a healthcare provider.

New technology is released regularly. Caregivers can find ways to make life a little easier by exploring their options and keeping updated on the latest technology on the market. Good sources of information are:

  • Online searches
  • Asking friends
  • Visiting stores where electronics are sold
  • Talking with a “tech-wise” family member

Need Some Additional Help With Caregiving?

Interim Healthcare of Grants Pass provides a unique and exciting way of caring for seniors in Josephine County: The Interim HomeLife Enrichment Program, which includes:

  • Brain fitness exercises
  • Fun games/activities
  • Life reviews
  • Healthy movements
  • Caregivers coaching

To learn more about the program or schedule a no-obligation in-home evaluation, call our office and we’ll contact you soon!

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