As you move into a caregiving role for your aging parent or loved one, there are many things to consider.
You lead a busy life. Your time is already pushed to the maximum. How will you ever add in more hours to meet your loved one’s needs too?
You’re not the only one facing this situation and asking these questions.
But where some think the only answer is assisted living, others are looking for more opportunities to stay at home. And a lot of new gadgets and products are making that a little easier.
Consider Best Buy’s recent purchase of GreatCall.
GreatCall offers easy phone and wearable products and services for the elderly. Phones have larger texts and fonts for reading. The Jitterbug Flip, for instance, provides bigger buttons, a brighter screen, and even includes voice dialing to make it easy for anyone to use it at any time. They also offer a medical alert device, and a wearable response device designed to interact with your smartphone.
Best Buy also offers an Assured Living program that works with smart technology to provide a variety of real-time services throughout the day. It allows you to closely track your loved one’s day, without having to be with your loved one all the time. Think of it as a security system with your elderly loved one in mind. Through connections on furniture, doors, and other places throughout the home, you can receive alerts about any issue, including falls or failure to take medication at the proper times.
Don’t think it’s just Best Buy that’s moving into this arena. Amazon has been purchasing home security companies too, and a lot of them are making moves into the caregiving arena.
Amazon recently purchased Ring, a security program that allows you to track movement inside and out. Use Ring with your smartphone to see what’s happening, even if you aren’t there. It also offers a community feature, that can connect neighbors to one another. You’ve heard the adage: it takes a community to raise a child. Well, the same can be said for taking care of the elderly too. It’s nice to know that a nearby friend can be at your loved one’s home quickly, especially when you’re far from home.
What’s the right product or service for you? There are a wealth of gadgets and products to help you as a caregiver.
What are your favorites?