Tech Tips for Caregivers
By Jake Nelson
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When you find yourself becoming the primary caregiver of mom or dad, you may have a plethora of feelings. More than likely, all of your feelings are very natural. You are dealing with a life-alerting situation. They best advice you can take during this time is to accept all of the help you can get! Use family and friends as resources and in today’s high-tech world, use technology to help provide the best care possible for your aging loved one.
Medical Alert Devices: A medical alert device allows your loved one to stay in their own home. It affords them with a sense of independence, while still offering you a sense of security. Personal alarms differ greatly. Some offer basic monitoring such as fall protection, while more advanced options include monitoring your parent’s home for dangers such as carbon monoxide or fire. The idea behind a medical alert device is that if the panic button is pressed, or something critical is detected by the alarm company, such as smoke, emergency responders are notified immediately.
GPS Trackers: A GPS tracker for a person who battles a mind-altering condition such Alzheimer’s disease may save their life. You have several options when choosing a device. The best ones for seniors are pendants or watches, as long as your loved one does not take the unit off. Once you receive the system, you will set up a virtual perimeter. Any time your loved one goes beyond this perimeter, you will receive a notification via email or text. You can check on the location of your loved one any time you have a smartphone or computer handy.
Medication Alarm Clock: Taking medication can be difficult to remember, for anyone. However, for someone who has cognitive issues, remembering a prescription schedule can be nearly impossible. However, this alarm clock is set up to have four different alarms set to remind your aging loved one that it is time to take their medications. You can also include the day, time, dosage and the name of the drugs to take when the alarm goes off. Keeping your loved one on top of their medication will allow them to remain healthy and independent for years to come.
Online Health Record: Having an online health record can save hours of time and frustration. Often times, accidents happen quickly, illnesses come on suddenly and caregivers are left with less than a full set of instructions. Having all medical records online will allow caregivers the ability to access the proper documents needed in order to provide adequate care. These documents may include doctor information, prescriptions, test results, allergies, illnesses and more. This information is imperative for caregivers to have in order to provide the best care possible.
Video Games: Yes, video games are benefiting caregivers and seniors! In today’s games, the entire body is used to control the game. Devices such as the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox Kinect offer seniors a chance to go bowling, horseback riding and even hang-gliding all from their living room. Several games are geared towards seniors that involve reaching and stretching as well as coordination, which provide incentive for your loved one to exercise and prevent their muscles from atrophying. Because these games are interactive, they keep your loves ones focus, which allows you to finish up tasks around the house.