There are more and more technological resources that make caregiving easier and more effective. Let’s take a look at a few of the practical solutions available to you as a family caregiver.
Medication management is an integral aspect of caregiving. Many individuals who are being cared for by a family caregiver take multiple medications and keeping them organized is extremely important. An easy medication management tip is to have all medications filled by one pharmacy. This reduces the risk of error and pharmacists have access to all medications in case a caregiver or patient has a question.
Organization Chart/Medication List
Keep a running list of medications and information about the dosages. Consider using a template or keeping the list online for easy access. Make sure non-prescription information is on the list too as it may have an impact on how a prescribed medication acts. If you or your loved one is a visual person, color code the list with the medication bottles. This is a helpful way to stay organized and keep track of multiple medications.
Medication Management Applications
There are many phone applications that help make medication management convenient on the go. Apps can be used to create schedules or reminders, share medication records with caregivers and care teams, and track vitals. Some apps alert a caregiver when medication is taken or missed. Caregivers can care and monitor their loved ones from anywhere, at any time.
Automated Pill Dispenser
There are many automated pill dispensers on the market. Caregivers can load automated pill dispensers and created a dosage schedule. Some automated pill dispensers, such as Pria, have connected smartphone apps or computer tracking programs that can be monitored from wherever, at any time.
For Personal Safety/Independence
Even though a senior may be capable of living on their own, they are still at risk of accidents. There are a lot of technological advances that can help your loved one continue to live independently and safely.
In-home monitoring is becoming increasingly popular. Caregivers can monitor movement and other information from anywhere. If an individual is uncomfortable with video monitoring, there are other options, such as GPS or sensor tracking. Before implementing any type of in-home monitoring, make sure your loved one is on board. Some things to consider when purchasing an in-home monitoring system are compatibility with technology, remote access and a fall detection function.
There are many remote technologies designed to keep loved ones safe, while also allowing them to stay independent. Remote monitoring allows caregivers to stay connected from anywhere. Caregivers can view vitals, blood pressure and heart rate. This can be helpful for seniors as well as people with chronic illness, someone recovering from an accident, or people with disabilities.
Medical Alert Device
Medical alert devices are a great innovative technology. They are extremely useful in case someone doesn’t have a cell phone with them, or if they need help but are unable to speak or move. Some medical alert devices can be used anywhere, while others are used only in a house. If an aging person is independent and living alone, getting an effective preventative device in case of an emergency is a must. Medical alert devices are also commonly advised for people who are at risk of falling.
Healthcare Technology is Here to Help
There are a number of new technologies being designed to make caregiving easier. From monitoring systems to automated pill dispensers, technology is helping to keep loved ones safe. Caregiving is a very involved task and technological advances are helping to make it easier and more effective.