Caregiving? There’s An App for That
Prevention & Treatment Being a family caregiver can be like having a second, full-time job. But, thankfully technology can help you with your caregiving responsibilities. Here’s how.
Julie is a wife and mother of two, who, in addition to working full-time, must regularly check on her elderly mother with early Alzheimer’s. Julie is not looking for some futuristic full-service robot to take care of her mom—but she would like to have technologies that help make caring for her mom a little less difficult. Easy, affordable technology to monitor her mother’s home and notify her if she begins to wander is the kind of help Julie needs.
The first step to a new norm
The good news is that technology exists. Caregiving technology today offers much more than just medication trackers and appointment calendars. There are tons of apps, devices and tools that can help caregivers do almost everything from A to Z: monitor vital signs such as blood pressure; design healthy eating plans for cancer patients; and collect medical records all in one convenient place.
“Patients and caregivers who are engaged in their own care have fewer health problems, medical errors and hospital re-admissions.”
There are wearable sensors that provide medication reminders and directions, and can even contact family members for help if your loved one falls or if an emergency occurs. There is an exciting new app that utilizes voice recognition artificial intelligence to place a two-minute care check-up call every day, which can allow aging-in-place seniors to be healthier, safer and more independent.
The right fit for you
Of course, there is no one solution to caregiving. Nor is there any one technology that can meet all your caregiving needs. But if you’re wondering if you can make tech work for you, the first step is to look. More likely than not, there is an app out there for you.
It’s important to stay connected and involved. Patients and caregivers who are engaged in their own care have fewer health problems, medical errors and hospital re-admissions. Fifty-nine percent of caregivers reported that online resources are helpful to their ability to provide care, while 52% said that online resources have been helpful to their ability to cope with the stress of being a caregiver.
The world of technology is in a state of perpetual motion—and that’s a good thing because technology can help you and your loved ones stay healthy.