With 75% of seniors age 65 and over living with a chronic health condition, family caregivers have learned how to navigate the online resources available. But what other forms of technology are caregivers using? And how do seniors benefit from the latest technology?
Here are some of the latest and greatest technologies that can help with caregiving:
GPS safety devices can be used in a couple of different ways. They are especially handy for older adults with memory issues or who tend to wander. The most common way to use them is simply to locate your loved one if they are missing. You can log on to your computer or smartphone and it will give you their location. Another way some systems work is by allowing you to set parameters of where they may go. If they go beyond these parameters, you receive an alert to your phone or email inbox.
Personal emergency response systems (PERS)
Think LifeAlert—the person wearing the Personal Emergency Response System can press a button to contact a call center in the case of an emergency. Most can be worn only inside the home, but some allow the wearer to go mobile.
Medication management technology includes simple alarm-like reminders for seniors as well as more complex systems like automatic medication dispensers. By choosing the right technology to meet the needs of your loved one, you can help them remember to take their medications as prescribed.
With recent advances in wireless technology, wireless sensors are now being employed as an integral part of safety technology systems. These sensors keep an eye on things such as the front door, bedroom, and bathroom. Ordinary activity will not trigger an alert, but if something out of the ordinary happens, an alert is sent to the caregiver. You will receive an alert, for example, if your loved one doesn’t get out of bed as usual.
There’s no question about it — caring for a loved one is difficult. Today’s technology for caregivers, however, makes it easier than ever before. By utilizing high-tech resources and tailoring your tools to meet the needs of your loved one, you can help them remain more independent. At the same time, you’ll be relieving some of your own stress.
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