Being a caregiver requires a lot of time, organization, and dedication. It’s a hard job. Some caregivers find themselves so stretched for time and energy that they might find themselves wishing for a way to make it all easier. The good news is that you might be carrying the answer right in your pocket because there are several technologies, including apps for your smartphone, that can revolutionize the way you approach some caregiver tasks.
Choosing the Right Technology.
There are technologies that can make several caregiver tasks easier, but they’re only helpful if they meet your specific needs. When choosing caregiver technology, AARP recommends taking these things into consideration:
- Ease of Use: Make sure that the technology you choose is easy enough for you to use. If you’re not a tech guru, stick to easier technology and start slowly. Pick one or two things you’d like to try and learn them well before you add others.
- Cross Platform Compatibility: Most people use more than one device throughout the day, such as a smartphone, a tablet, and a computer. Certain applications may work best if you can access them from any of your devices, so they can be used on the go.
- Users: Think about who will be using the technology and if they have the necessary skills or can be taught. Depending on who is using it, it may be helpful for you to be able to provide some sort of support from a distance.
5 Technologies for Caregivers.
If you’re looking for some technologies to try, here are 5 things that can help make your job as a caregiver a little easier:
- GPS Tracker: A GPS tracker can be useful if your aging relative has dementia and wanders. The older adult wears one part of the device so that the caregiver can track their location using a smartphone or other device.
- Medication Reminders: There are devices that can remind you when it is time for your aging relative to take their medications.
- Online Communities: You can use your devices to access online communities for caregivers where you can get information about conditions or take part in an online support group.
- Health Trackers: Tools are available to allow you to track all your family members health information in one convenient place. They let you track conditions, medications, appointments, and more.
- Video Game Consoles: Some video game systems have games available that require the player to move. Playing such video games with older adults can provide an easy way for caregivers to keep them more physically active.
If you’re hesitant to try a new technology, reach out to friends and family members who are more tech savvy than you are. Ask if they have any experience with the technology and if they would be willing to teach you. However, if you find a certain technology too frustrating to use, don’t let it make your life as a caregiver more difficult. Instead, move on until you find the ones that work for you.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring caregiver services in Columbia, SC, contact Heart of the Carolinas Home Care at 864-991-3116. Providing Home Care Services in Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Anderson, Spartanburg, Mauldin, Seneca, Laurens, Charleston, Columbia and the surrounding areas.
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