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Home Care Solutions for Caregivers Through Digital Tools and Apps

Using these innovative programs and devices can provide the perfect home care solutions for senior loved ones in Wheat Ridge, CO

Caregiving is generous but also overwhelming, due to responsibility and a high level of care that your senior loved one requires. Even if you are not at your senior's home all the time, you still think about them and cannot relax for a second.

But, thanks to the technology, things can get a lot easier for you. Here are some home care solutions for:

Staying in touch

You're probably already using apps such as Facebook, Skype, and FaceTime to make texting and chatting with your senior and family members possible. While these apps are great for causal communication, certain apps are helpful for emergency situations, for example, if your senior loved one is in hospital. In this case, CaringBridge could come in handy. This is a free tool for creating a private website dedicated to the news and updates on your senior’s health. An easy way to keep the most important information organized and give family members access to them so you won't have to send this information separately to every person.

Organizing medications

JAMA Internal Medicine research shows that 87 percent of seniors (aged 62-85) who live at home take at least one medication per day, while 36 percent take five or more medications. Knowing when to take a particular medication can be confusing for seniors, especially if there are also special instructions. Also, seniors often forget to take medications and this can lead to health decline.

But, there are useful home care solutions to help with managing medications. One of them is PillPack, a service that will practically sort and pack all prescriptions for your senior loved one and ship them to the given address. Each PillPack dose has a label telling at what time and date it should be taken.

Delegating care

If you are not the only person who takes care of your senior loved one, then the organization is key to success here. Whether to delegate tasks or keep everyone informed, the "Care Calendar" by Lotsa Helping Hands can be a lifesaver. You will easily keep the doctor's appointments, errands, and care tasks in one place.

Finding support

When we are surrounded by like-minded people, we feel inspired and connected. Reaching out to support groups for advice on the ideal home care solutions can be a beneficial experience in many ways. Look for face-to-face or online support groups such as Caregivers Connect.

Monitoring falls

Instead of constantly worrying about your senior falling and getting injured, you could buy personal emergency response systems (PERS) such as the Medical Guardian or wearables such as GreatCall's Lively. They can be of great help in case of an emergency or falls.

Visiting Angels of Denver is a leading provider of non-medical in home care services for seniors. To learn more about the in-home assisted living services provided by our staff of compassionate caregivers, please call our Wheat Ridge office at (303) 232-9999 or contact us for more information.

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