Thanks to the computer age, family caregivers have a host of technical solutions at their disposal. From easing their concerns when they can’t be physically present, to helping them perform their caregiving duties efficiently, there are certain tools and gadgets no caregiver should be without.
Medical Alert Systems
These one-button push devices are invaluable for peace of mind. Should a parent fall or experience sudden pain or anxiety, one push of a button, which is usually worn as a pendant around the ankle, wrist or neck, sends a call to pre-programmed numbers that include the caregiver and an emergency response team, if warranted.
These have changed tremendously since the age of pillboxes. They now contain alarms that go off at specified times to remind your parent that it’s time to take their medicine. Should the pill not be removed from its box within a certain time frame, the caregiver is notified.
This free app produced by AARP helps maintain communication with the caregiving team as well as provides a list of contacts and prescriptions. It also offers the ability to keep track of medications by taking pictures of the container they come in.
Falls are a major concern for caregivers and those they care for. Strategically placed sensor lights can offer lighting that reduces the chances of this occurring. Some even have sensors that can be placed on the floor by the bed that, upon standing, sends a signal to small portable lights that shed light on a pathway to the bathroom. These floor mat sensors can also be placed by the front door. If your parent has a tendency to wander, you will receive a notification if pressure is applied to this mat and you can immediately take action such as alerting a pre-arranged neighbor.
DV Video Cameras
High-quality caregiver surveillance motion detection mini hidden DV video cameras allow you to keep tabs on your loved one when you can’t be present. They can send and receive information via a network and the internet.
Senior Care Provider
While gadgets have come a long way in recent years, there is still nothing that beats direct care and observation. A senior care provider can be your eyes and caring hands when you can’t be there. They can assist with the daily activities of living as well as provide that all-important companionship that no
tool or gadget has the ability to offer.
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