I took the following post off of an Atlas of Care, Twitter post earlier yesterday (March 21, 2018). The original post goes back to the following address: https://www.free-alzheimers-support.com/how-8-things-change-caregiving/ I hope you are able to pick up at least one new thing you can do in you caregiving journey.
How These 8 Things Will Change the Way You Approach Caregiving
Patients who suffer from severe illnesses that are going to stay with them for their remaining lives are the ones who usually rely on others for help. The people providing the patients with assistance and helping them perform tasks regarding everyday work could be anyone from a family member to a paid nurse. Science has continuously worked in making better treatments for these illnesses, but while complete cure of all types of cancers, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes is far-fetched, caregiving has evolved further to provide the patient with better care.
1) Monitoring Health Remotely:
Remote monitoring is one of the most recent inventions that have been immensely helpful to the patients and the doctors alike. These monitoring systems are used by patients while they are in their own homes and can save the patient trouble to go to the doctors for check-ups. It is a small device that has the capacity to measure some particular issues related to health. Remote centers then analyze the data provided by the monitor and instantly let the patient know if the patient’s health is not normal. This data can provide the caregiver if the doctor’s attention is needed or not.
2) Wireless Home Sensors:
Sensors that have the capacity to alert anyone in charge of the patient can be of great help to the caregiver. Not only would it decrease the need for the caregiver to be present with the patient at all times, but it will be able to let the sufferer be more independent. Sensors can be installed around the house or caregiving centers to alert the caregiver if there is any activity or lack thereof in the area where the affected person is. Laundry room and bathrooms can pass alerts if there is a flood in any of the rooms while an alert can also be issued if any electrical appliance is left on for too long. These tools are specifically helpful for people with Alzheimer and their caretakers.
3) Toilet and Pill Sensors:
These sensors offer readings in the toilet where any person may be concerned about their privacy. The system monitors how many times the patient goes to the toilet and through monitoring the urine. The sensors also can be placed on the pillbox and let the patient know if they have not taken their medicine for the day. All this data can be compiled by the Lively app to be presented to the doctor when need be.
4) Tracking Devices and GPS:
Devices that can track location are helpful for people who have dementia and tend to wander off. It can alert the caretaker if the wearer of the device wanders outside the house. Or even change their positions from one room to another and let the caretaker track the patient down without performing an extensive search.
5) Medication Alerts:
Another option for people suffering from dementia and have trouble keeping track of pills is the technology that can help manage your pill intake. It is an automated pill dispenser which beeps and opens itself up reminding the person that it is time for their medication. This can provide some relief to the caretaker when medication intake is concerned.
6) Health Trackers:
Then caring for a patient, things such as doctor’s appointment, health record and insurance for the sufferer matters a lot. It can be hectic to find and compile all the documents every time they are updated. HealthVault has come up with a cloud based system which keeps tracks of all your files and documents that are required for the patient. Caregiver and the doctor can update the data about the patient’s health, appointments and even insurance documentation in the cloud with less hassle.
7) Personal Response System:
A personal emergency response system consists of three components; a small radio transmitter which sends signals to a console connected to your telephone which then connects to an emergency response center. The emergency response center then monitors the calls for the patient and alerts the emergency staff to respond immediately to the point where the distress call is coming from. The small radio transmitter can be either worn around the neck or around the wrist. So any caregiver doesn’t have to be too concerned about the lack of communication as the patient is able to act on their own if the caregiver is not around.
8) Audio Monitors:
Just as audio monitors are used by parents to keep themselves updated about the baby, the same way they can be used to monitor a patient in a different room. Especially when the patient is sleeping, their sleep can be monitored without invading their privacy, and any sign of distress can be picked up instantly by the caregiver.
Caring for your loved is one of the noblest things that you may do in your life, however, it can become tiring. These gadgets although may be small, but they can make drastic changes in the lives of the patients and the caretakers. They have the capacity to give the patient a better chance of being independent while also give the caretaker some time off from the patient.
Author Sherley Alaba: An eagle-eyed wordsmith, a writer, and translator, always interested in ways which can help individuals (especially youth and women) reach their full creative potential. My focus has been on writing, producing and editing stories on business, finance, interesting personalities, entrepreneurs, culture, the environment, gastronomy, lifestyle, and social issues. Currently, she is associated as a blogger with Centra Care Florida, an urgent care center in Tampa and other cities in the vicinity such as Conway, Longwood, Orange Lake and others. You can find her @sherleyalaba