Many loved ones take a confusing array of pills for various ailments.
Technology for Family Caregivers
Family caregiving can be a full-time job. You manage doctor appointments, provide transportation, make sure medications are taken on time, and keep the home going – to name just a few of the vital tasks that you perform on a daily basis. So, you’d welcome anything that could help you manage all that, right? Well, you’re in luck! There are loads of new technologies designed to make your life as a caregiver easier and to keep your loved one safe and healthy.
iCAN Tech was created specifically to help you sort through this new and sometimes intimidating world of high-tech products and services in a way that makes sense for you, the family caregiver.
For some loved ones, isolation is a significant problem. ElliQ is a desktop robot with an auto-swiveling head that connects seniors to friends for messages and video chats, and makes it a little easier for them to find and use online information and services.
PREPARE For Your Care is a free website that walks you through five steps that help explore your wishes for your healthcare.
Falls – and the even more prevalent “fear of falling.” This fear is not imaginary, but justified, with one in four older adults falling each year.
After my young daughter had double hip surgery, she had been prescribed about 8 medications—from laxatives to vitamins to several pain management options.
Your phone rings. There is a health emergency. Your loved one is being rushed to the hospital. You drop whatever you are doing and go straight to the Emergency Room. Of course, you are in the ER for hours. And then there is the wait for a room and the long process of being admitted. While you are waiting, exhausted and tense, you wonder if the EMT’s locked the front door when they left.
While much of the focus in family caregiving is on the actual tasks being coordinated—from medical appointments to activities of daily living (ADLs)—one of the most important roles of an effective caregiver is that of communicator in chief.
At the pharmacy. At the doctor’s office. At the family meeting.