Can you imagine leaving home without your devices? Smartphones, tablets, even the Apple Watch has become a fixture in our lives.
And while your loved one might not be as tech savvy as you are, there are ways you can use technology to help you in your caregiving roles.
Technology changes daily. And with that, apps, programs, and products are being developed that make our jobs as caregivers just a little easier. Here is what we’ve found.
We all know artificial intelligence is coming on strong. And though this handy little gadget isn’t quite available yet, you’re going to want to be notified when it is. Pillo gives you a smart way to control the medications your loved one takes. It uses voice and facial recognition to control the medication supply, and sends reminders and alerts via mobile notification. Even when you can’t be there, you know your loved one will never miss another dosage.
Aging in place is important to all of us. There is nothing any of us wants more than to stay safe and secure in our own homes; a place we love and know well. Propel Health aims to keep people in their homes longer by creating smart technology that allows caregivers and aging insight into their own personal health and wellness. It helps with chronic illness management, post-discharge wellness, and active aging at home.
If you use iPhone and Apple Watch, you’re going to love ElderCheckNow. Install the app on both of your devices, and you can maintain contact with one another throughout the day in a simple, intuitive way. And the best part? No subscription fees after your initial purchase. Caregivers can check in as much as they want, and the simplicity of the system means even the most tech-averse person will find they can handle this app easily.
Have you played with virtual reality? While we as caregivers may have pulled on a headset to play games with our kids, there’s a new way to use virtual reality for your aging parents. Rendever is trying to fix the statistic that shows over 50 percent of assisted living residents will experience depression and isolation. With Rendever, a person can relive some of their most treasured memories by revisiting their homes, a favorite park, or a memorable place. They can have new experiences by hiking up Macchu Picchu or take a walking tour of Paris. All from the comfort of their chair.
Physical training and rehabilitation take time and effort to all parties involved. But what if you could get more training, enhanced experiences, and real-time data analytics to help you recover quicker? That’s the idea behind VRPhysio. They have a selection of virtual reality programs that help you with everything from performance evaluation to cognitive training and psychological assessment.
How can today’s technology help you with your caregiving needs?