Are you a caregiver of a senior? Have a look at these gadgets that will help you in your caregiving journey.
Video surveillance camera
You want to go for grocery shopping or to a friend’s home, but you don’t want to leave the elderly alone. So, what is the way out? Install a quality video surveillance camera at home. The device enables you to monitor your elderly parents or grandparents from your smartphone or tablet. Choose the one with motion sensors, night vision, and two-way audio to have peace of mind.
Automated pill dispenser
If remembering all the medication doses of the elderly is stressful for you, an automated pill dispenser will prove beneficial to you. The device not only issues a reminder for a due medication dose but also dispenses a measured amount of the same. So, there are no chances of your loved one missing any medication dose. Some of these devices also come with passcode protection.
Wearable GPS tracking device
The device is apt for seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Such people are at risk of wandering away due to disorientation and memory loss. If your loved one wanders in an unfamiliar area, a loud audio alarm of the device will immediately alert you. You will receive the device location including the street address and zip code on your smartphone or any other mobile device. It is best to opt for a wearable and water-resistant GPS tracker so that it can be with your loved one round the clock.
Sensor mat with alarm
Falling is one of the most common causes of injury among the elderly. Also, continuous monitoring is stressful. However, it becomes all the more necessary when there are mobility issues. A sensor mat with an alarm ends your woes by alerting you about a possible fall. You can place this mat near the bed or in other strategic places of your home to get a quick alert.
Medical alert device
Today, lots of Americans are investing in a medical alert system which is a wearable device with a panic or help button. When a senior press the button in an emergency, he or she gets connected to a trained real person who will then offer valuable advice or help on time. Also known as personal emergency response systems (PERS), these devices send a text to the loved ones or the senior’s caregiver.
Digital calendar day clock
Seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s often become confused about the date and time. They are more prone to forget birthdays, anniversaries, and other significant days of their loved ones. The electronic device is a simple calendar and day clock with a large display. Thus, it is apt for any senior to keep an easy tab on the day, time, month, and year. With clearly visible time, they also become well aware of their bedtime or mealtime.
Sometimes, people start losing their sense of thirst with aging. The problem increases manifold when they are on medications. Those with mobility issues or experiencing memory loss are likely to drink less water and become dehydrated. The hydration reminder is a compact device that will blink before dehydration kicks in. You can attach the device to any drinking bottle.
Before going for any of the caregiving gadgets, it is vital to understand the need of the elderly. Have clarity about the solutions that you want to overcome your caregiving challenges. With technological advances, things are likely to become less challenging for caregivers.
Maria Garcia I am a family caregiver who gradually mastered the art of self-care. I am also a part of an active community of caregivers and have taken caregiving tips from various caregiving resources.