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Technology for Family Caregivers

Technology seems to be everywhere in our lives these days, but did you know that technology can also help you with your caregiving responsibilities? New technologies are constantly being developed to help family caregivers and their loved ones, and that’s great news for you! Could you use technology to help you check in with your loved one via your smartphone? There’s an app for that. How about a GPS locator if your loved one wanders off? These and other technology solutions already exist and can help you get your life back while keeping your loved one healthy and safe.


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.

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.

Knowing your loved one is safe is a priority. Whether they are at home or out and about, being able to access help immediately when an emergency arises is crucial.

Like many caregivers, I work fulltime, have my own home and family to care for and then, when I go to my father's house, I get to do all the household chores there, too. Caregivers sometimes have to keep their own home clean and fresh - and then repeat the same

On a Friday night, November 3rd, students from various different backgrounds met for the first time at a pool hall.

The 3rd Annual Caring for the Caregiver Hack, which took place November 4 and 5 in Richmond, VA, challenged college students to advance the health and improve the lives of family caregivers by creating technological tools such as apps, devices for the home,

The beauty of technology is that it’s always accessible and constantly adapting to better meet our needs. But that’s also its downfall: the lightning pace of updates and upgrades can be discouraging to less active users—especially when there are so many options.