As a family caregiver, you may notice your parent walking a little more slowly, grimacing in pain due to arthritic joints, or experiencing greater difficulty seeing when the light dims or when trying to read. You begin to wonder how long they will be able to remain in their home and how you can help, as their caregiver, to keep them there and help them remain independent as long as possible.
Technology to the Rescue
Thanks to ever-expanding technology, your parent can remain at home for a longer time and in a safer environment.
- Personal Emergency Response System (PERS). These devices are also known as Medical Emergency Response Systems. There are different types on the market these days. In their simplest form, when an emergency arises, such as a fall, your parent can push a button which prompts a call to an emergency response center that monitors calls and then directs to the appropriate emergency response team or caregiver. These are usually worn as pendants around the neck or wrist. Today’s changing technological advances has prompted a new type of PERS that does not require the push of a button, but automatically calls the response center should a fall occur. There are other types that also offer GPS monitors. These are best suited for those that may be suffering from one of the forms of dementia and in whom wandering is a concern.
- Medication Reminders. One of the main concerns caregivers have is making sure that their parent is taking their medications at the right time and in the right dose. Technology has created several options. One of the most advanced includes pre-dosed medications. An alarm dictates to your parent when the time is to take the designated dose. There are even some models that call the caregiver should a dose be missed. If your loved one also needs help obtaining medication from the pharmacy, consider medication reminders that send dosed-out medications straight to your loved one’s door.
- Motion Sensors Smart Stove Detectors. If you are concerned about your loved one walking away from the stove and forgetting that it’s on, consider one of these detectors. If no movement has been noted within a certain time frame, the stove is turned off.
- Motion Sensor Lighting. Help your loved remain safe in their home by installing motion sensor lights. These may include paths from their bedroom to the kitchen and bathroom.
Home Care Provider
Of course, having someone physically present to care for your loved one offers the best solution when such a solution is feasible. A home care provider can assist with the daily activities of living as well as prepare meals and provide light housekeeping. They can provide transportation and run errands. They can provide what technology cannot—companionship.
If you or someone you know needs caregiver services in Mankato, MN, contact Prairie River Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services for many fragile or senior members in the communities we serve. Call us at (888) 660-5772 for more information.
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