Caring for a senior parent isn’t easy. You worry that they will take their medications, take care of themselves, and be able to live safely in their homes. If you are caring for your parents from a distance, the worries may be even greater since you cannot stop in to check on your parents the way you could if you lived in the same town. You may even be thinking about whether your parent needs to move closer or even move into a senior living facility.
The good news is that more and more seniors are able to remain in their homes thanks to services that are available in today’s world. One way to ensure your parent can stay safely at home is to hire a senior care provider through an agency. A senior care professional gives your parent’s care that personal touch and you know that someone is checking in with your parents to keep them safe and healthy.
In addition to hiring a senior care provider, you may want to consider purchasing some assistive technologies that can make the care your parents receive even better. There are technologies available that can help your parent with various aspects of life, and even some that let you or their senior care provider check in via the Internet to see how things are going. Below are some assistive technologies that may be useful for your parent.
GrandCare is a system that works via the Internet. It serves as both an aid for care and a device for social connection. The system can track your parent’s daily activity and keep tabs on medical information, such as glucose levels and blood pressure. The system can also be used to display care information, like specialized diet plans. In addition, your parent can use the interactive screen to keep in touch with family by letting them view photos, play games, or video chat with family members.
The MedMinder is a device that helps to ensure seniors receive and take their medications on time. It can be especially valuable when a senior takes a number of medications at different times each day. The device requires a caregiver to fill the medicine tray and insert it into the device. You can then log on to the Internet and set the schedule for dispensing medications. When it’s time to take a medication, the device beeps to remind your parent. If that doesn’t work, the alert process escalates until you receive a notification that your parent has failed to take their medicine.
TV Ears are designed to help people with hearing loss to continue watching television without the need for turning the volume up so high that it is a nuisance to others in the home. Your parent can set the headset to the level that is right for them without affecting the television volume for anyone else. While this device may not be essential to care, it can improve the quality of your parent’s life.
Reminder Rosie is a clock that talks and works through voice activation. Reminders can be set for anything from taking medications to feeding the dog. A senior care provider or family caregiver programs the clock with a reminder that sounds at the pre-set time. Your parent turns the reminder off with a voice command or by touching the clock.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care Services in Pittsford NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and surrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.
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