GIS Caregiver Services for Organizations and Health Providers
Chances are you have a caregiver in your workplace. Since six out of ten people employed are caregivers so it makes sense right. Caregiving is a social determinant of health, just as important as socio-economic status, transportation, food insecurity, transportation, and education. Caregiver solutions are more than just offering time off for employees. If you are interested in a holistic, comprehensive solution for your employees, patients, and family caregivers, check out this video I put together about solutions from Global Institutional Solutions. We are serving close to six million caregivers.
Elizabeth Miller is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit
Elizabeth is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit.
Elizabeth Miller is a wife, mother, full-time employee, family caregiver, author and Certified Caregiving Consultant. She obtained a B.A. in Journalism from Penn State University and has worked in the corporate IT and strategy areas for over 19 years. Elizabeth’s personal experiences caring for aging parents with chronic and terminal illnesses as well as caring for a sibling with developmental disabilities inspired her to create Happy Healthy Caregiverin 2015.
Through her consulting services, podcast, speaking and online community, Elizabeth helps family caregivers integrate caregiving and self-care with their busy lives.Elizabeth has been a presenter at the 2016, 2017, and 2018 National Caregiving Conferences. Her story has also been featured in Woman’s Dayand the Marietta Daily Journal. She is the host of the Happy Healthy Caregiver podcaston the Whole Care Network, author of Just for You: a Daily Self-Care Journal, and facilitates a support group for family caregivers called the NW Atlanta Daughterhood Circle.
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Her topic on the caregiver smile summit is: Proactively Preparing for a Caregiver Crisis at Work
4 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY FOR AGING IN PLACE
Over the three years of our Caregiver Smile Summit, we have had leading experts speak about how technology can assist aging in place. In this article, we look at what they are seeing and what you should be incorporating for aging in place safely.
Laurie Orlov, founder of Aging in Place Technology Watch, said it best that, with few exceptions, every five years technology changes.
It is important to be able to safely stay in your home and also avoid social isolation. We have written previously about aging in place specialists who can come into the home, even virtually, and go room to room and tell you what needs to be changed or modified. Conversely there is often a technology solution that helps.
According to Orlov, personal emergency response pendants have withstood the test of time and have also grown to be able to detect falls, detect your voice, and more.
Wearables, think Apple Watch and Fitbit, are becoming ‘smarter’ and also essential. There are so many smart devices that can help monitor your health that it would take a book to document!
Lisa Cini, Founder, President, and CEO of Mosaic Design Studio, has an amazing website – Best Living Tech – that showcases technology in these categories: home, health, memory, companion, fitness and vision/hearing. She had a great analogy.
Smart technology is like Alfred the Butler in Batman. Always in the background. Never obtrusive. There when you need him!
One of the trends she sees is smart lighting, which allows you to program the lights in your house to come on based on sensing. And you do it from an app. Think of what a great help that would be for older people who get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom!
There is also Circadian Smart Lighting where the temperature of the lights adjusts naturally to keep your body in its natural rhythm.
For your bathroom you can buy bidet toilet seats to assist with hygiene. Bidets, popular in Europe, may yet be in fashion! They may not be what you think of as tech but the fact that they can be installed on an existing toilet is pretty savvy!
Induction looping is another trend Cini has spotted. A hearing loop is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids.
The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid. It cuts out unwanted background noise though you need to use a receiver/headset. Better hearing leads to better health.
Of course, induction cooking (cooking without fear) allows the unit to detect whether cookware is placed on it and shuts down the element if a pot is not there or not large enough. The stovetop stays cool: no burned fingers or hands. And no house fires leaving burners on.
When you need to go somewhere, we know it’s getting easy. Not self-driving-cars easy but cars driven by someone else, certainly. Uber and Lyft are developing specialized senior services.
Niche companies like SilverRide provide an assisted ride service that picks you up from any location and transports you safely and securely all the way to your final destination. Food delivery to the home is becoming very popular.
Relieving Social Isolation
To me, one of the advantages of senior living facilities is the ability to socialize. Senior isolation is pervasive. Still, even the home-bound can prevent isolation. Certainly, social media has helped engage people via video chats on a number of platforms.
Virtual reality devices like Oculus can put you in the middle of a new experience without leaving home. Hasbro’s Joy for All Companion Pets gives you all of the benefits of having a pet without the burdens. I stream live concerts to people in their homes. You get the idea.
AI Voice Activated
Probably the biggest tech development is voice activated technology like Alexa and Google Home. I am working with a company called Brio that has an app specifically designed to help caregivers, engage the end user, and help prevent social isolation.
Listen to music, receive reminders, listen to a book… the skills developed and being developed are sometimes bigger than our imagination. My fitness tracker is connected directly to Alexa. Go figure. I can provide input to it and also review my progress from it.
So, if you are apprehensive about aging in place, at least know that one part of the equation, technology, is developing rapidly. It can keep you safe at home, help engage your mind, relieve isolation, and increase your happiness.
Dr. Pamela Pitman Brown is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit
Dr. Brown is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit.
Dr. Pamela Pitman Brown is a Credentialed Professional Gerontologist, a Fellow in the Academy of Gerontology in Higher Education. She is a Faculty Fellow and an Assistant Professor in Georgia at Albany State University. Dr. Brown is a frequent contributor/reviewer for academic journals and magazines on aging and sexuality issues. She is a graduate of Auburn University, the University of South Alabama, Miami University of Ohio, and holds a certificate in Sexuality Education from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She has been a guest lecturer on sexuality education and aging at Baylor University Medical School and has taught “Aging & Sexuality” at Eastern Michigan University since 2012. In 2012, Dr. Brown published a chapter in J. Lange’s (Ed.) The Nurse’s Role in Promoting Optimal Health of Older Adults: Thriving in the Wisdom Years, with collegue Dr. Leeanne Clark Shirley, titled “Intimacy, Sexuality, & Aging.” The text was noted in the American Journal of Nursing 2012 Book of the Year Awards. She is a long time Education Ambassador for SAGE (Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Elders). In a former life, Dr. Brown was a middle school coach and taught health classes in Mobile, Alabama. Dr. Brown lives with her husband, WB and twin five year old daughters in Southwest Georgia.
Her topic on the caregiver smile summit is: My Father’s an Exhibitionist – What to Do When a Cognitively Impaired Parent Acts Out
Heywood Sloane is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit
Heywood is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit.
Heywood is co-founder of HealthStyles whose mission is to “help individuals and families meet the challenges of funding lifetime health care.” He is a national authority in the bank, securities and investment management businesses. He combines executive and line management experience in these industries with experience in the publishing and information industries to provide a unique global perspective. Mr. Sloane is a principal of DSG and GISHC. He works with senior executives to develop strategic business initiatives, design products and services, and execute marketing and distribution plans at banking, investment, and insurance firms. Heywood has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Haverford College, and while studying under a John Boyer Scholarship, earned a Masters in Management from The London School of Economics. He has served on marketing and research committees of associations in the banking, mutual fund and financial planning industries. In addition he serves on the boards of both profit and non-profit corporations.
His topic on the caregiver smile summit is: The Challenges of Funding Lifetime Healthcare