- being able to save time
- making caregiving easier logistically
- making the care recipient feel safer
- increasing feelings of being effective
- reducing stress.ææ
Technologies that help caregivers deliver, monitor, track, or coordinate their loved oneäó»s medical care is key. Though there is a belief that the technology would be expensive.
Other limiting beliefs included:
- the technology does not solve or address a pressing caregiving issueææ
- the care recipient would resist accepting the technologyæ
- the technology would diminish the care recipientäó»s sense of independence or pride
- æthe technology would lessen the care recipientäó»s privacy
- the technology would take too much time or effort to learn or useæ
- æthe technology would decrease the care recipientäó»s level of social interaction
- Personal health record to track of care recipientäó»s personal health records, including patient history, symptoms, medications, tests, etc.
- Caregiving coordination system for doctor appointments and other caregiving needs. Caregivers can use the system to request a volunteer on certain days and times, and family members and friends can use it to sign up to help. Think about something we blogged about called Lotsa Helping Hands.æ
- Medication support system that reminds the care recipient and dispenses pills on schedule.
- A symptom monitor and transmitter that electronically sends information such as blood sugar or blood pressure readings to a doctor or care manager.
- An interactive system for physical, mental and leisure activities, a TVäóbased device, like a Wii Fit, that would allow the caregiver to create a schedule of gentle physical activities and mental games for the care recipient.
- A video phone system with video capability or an Internetäóconnected computer with webcam that allows caregivers to check in and see the care recipient when they canäó»t physically be together.
Having less potential are:
- caregiver training simulations
- caregiving decisionäósupport too
- passive movement monitoring systems, being able to track and detect if someone has fallen for example, without the person needing to push an emergency response button
- caregiving coaching software
- caregiving mentor matching service
What technologies do you employ now as a caregiver?