Technology for Caregivers
Inventions in technology allow caregivers to provide better care than ever for their loved ones. Technology for caregivers also has the benefit of making it more convenient than ever to provide high-quality care.
Changes happen so quickly in the tech world that it’s hard to keep up with them. However, the following examples of technology for caregivers give an overview of the type of connected devices and software systems caregivers can use to improve the care they provide.
Telemedicine already had become a popular technology for caregivers before 2020, with one survey finding 42% of all Americans use telemedicine. But the global pandemic caused that popularity to quickly grow. With concerns, especially for the elderly, about leaving the house, having the ability to visit primary care physicians and specialists via video conferencing made everyone feel more secure. That popularity is expected to continue post-pandemic, making it easier for caregivers to get loved ones a visit with a doctor without having to get them dressed and drive them.
Health Tracking Apps
Another inventive technology that has helped caregivers are health tracking apps that allow them to gather health-related information about their loved ones and log it into a software system. This makes it far less complicated to share with medical professionals. The information can include issues such as blood glucose levels, blood pressure, symptom history and a detailed, accurate list of medicines they take.
It’s easier than ever to feel secure in your home because of the invention of automated home systems that take care of security and other issues without you having to be involved. For example, automated systems are available to lock doors, run security cameras throughout the home and provide alerts when an intruder or fire is present. Some systems allow caregivers to “look in” on their loved ones while they are out running errands by checking live streaming video from their home on their mobile devices. Automated systems can also regulate the temperature of the house without having to manually enter it into a thermostat, or turn off the lights when you leave a room.
One of the most routine daily jobs for caregivers is to track when their loved ones take their medication. This is made much easier with an automated system that keeps accurate track of when a pill has been taken. This allows caregivers to avoid any serious consequences of missing a pill or giving a pill at the wrong time.
Wearable Medical Devices
Wearable medical devices allow people to track their vital health information without having to do anything other than wear a device. The connected devices gather and store data for later analysis by medical professionals. Some devices also allow for the transfer of medical information automatically to your physician or specialist.
Emergency Response Devices
This ranks among the most important of all technology for caregivers. By having their loved ones wear a medical alert device – such as a pendant or bracelet – it gives them the peace of mind of knowing that they can simply press a button to call 911 if they have fallen or sustain an injury. Some systems now are voice activated, making them even more convenient to use. These are some examples of technology for caregivers that helps them do their job better while also making their work somewhat easier. They are welcome additions to the home of caregivers who want to give the best, and safest, care possible.