At Geiss Mobile Senior Care, we feel we’re on the cutting edge of the future of senior healthcare, providing mobile care. Of course, we can be everywhere at all times. So, it’s important to keep track of other tools that family caregivers can use to make their jobs easier.
Here are seven technologies recommended by AARP for caregivers. Some of this information comes courtesy of an article by Jennifer Wegerer.
- GPS Trackers — These can be attached to the clothing or worn on the wrist to precisely locate the senior. Many allow for an alert to come to the caregiver if the person goes outside a certain geographic area.
- Medication Reminders — TabSafe and MedMinder are two tools that provide reminders to take medications.
- Wireless Home Monitoring — These systems involve a series of sensors that can alert the caregiver of an emergency or unusual situation.
- Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) — These are not new, as evidenced by the Medic Alert commercials. The person wearing the PERS simply pushes a button that alerts a call center in the case of an emergency within the house.
- Online Communities — Seniors need networks, just like everyone else. Caregivers.com and LotsaHelpingHands.com provide them.
- Health Tracking — When you’re caring for a senior, there are many things to track. Appointments, health records, insurance, medications, and other issues. There are tools to help track this information. Health Vault and Mayo Health Manager are two options.
- Senior Computers — Telikin computers has developed what they say is a computer geared to the needs and abilities of seniors. Needed software such as Skype and picture viewing applications is pre-installed and easy to use.
As the population continues to age, these seven items are no doubt just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to helping caregivers manage the person or persons they love.