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Why is PPE Important for in-home health care during COVID

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential for caregivers, but what is PPE? Those who care for loved ones, as well as individuals who provide professional care services for others, must minimize their exposure to infectious illnesses. PPE provides that protection. In recent months, COVID-19 has opened our eyes to how easily infection spreads from one person to another before we realize the threat exists. We also know that the elderly and those who have compromised immune systems are more susceptible to infection. One way to protect ourselves and each other is to wear PPE.

Types of PPEs

According to the FDA, PPE helps block the transmission of contaminants from body fluids, respiratory secretions, or blood. It provides a non-disease specific barrier between infectious viral and bacterial contaminants and the skin, mouth, nose, or eyes. There are several different types of wearables that help prevent the spread of infection.

  • Masks cover the mouth and nose; however, other types of masks also have a see-through plastic shield covering the eyes.
  • Clothing, including gowns with long sleeves, aprons, head coverings, and shoe covers, prevent the transfer of contaminants between patients, the environment, and other individuals. Protective clothing reduces the spread of droplets or other body fluids to the caregiver’s skin and clothing.
  • Gloves are worn to reduce the risk of contamination of the caretaker’s hands and to reduce the transmission of contaminants from the caretaker to those they are providing care for.
  • Boots and closed-toe work shoes are recommended in areas where you may come into contact with harmful chemicals or are cleaning areas where infections have occurred.
  • Respirator masks with eye protection are recommended for healthcare workers when performing aerosol-generating procedures such as tracheal intubations, tracheostomies, CPR, or bronchoscopies. These procedures have a very high risk of infection exposure to those performing and assisting with the procedures.

The Importance of Wearing Gloves for Caregivers

In addition to frequent handwashing, PPE provides additional protection from spreading an infectious condition. Wearing gloves is essential. Caregivers come into contact with saliva, blood, urine, stool, or other body fluids. Gloves are a crucial safeguard. Pathogens that cause disease can enter the body through the eyes, mouth, nose, or urogenital openings. They can also enter a person’s body through a wound or bite that has broken the skin. Caregivers wear gloves to not only protect themselves from infection but also to prevent spreading contaminants to others in the household or nearby surroundings. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends wearing gloves when handling the laundry of those with an infection. Additionally, wearing gloves while disposing of trash that contains items used for the care of the individual is another key safeguard against cross-contamination.

Face Masks Offer Additional Protection

Another line of defense against the transmission of illness is a face mask. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that cloth face masks be worn by infected individuals when they are around others in their homes or out of the house and at a doctor’s appointment, for example. Although the CDC does not consider cloth face masks to be PPE, they are appropriate for those who are not working in an infectious environment like a health facility. Those who have a medical condition that weakens their immune system should also wear face masks when leaving their home. For professional in-home caregivers and family members who serve as caregivers for a loved one, wearing a disposable face mask protects both the person they are caring for and themselves.

The Role of Shoe Covers

Healthcare workers wear shoe covers to prevent the spread of pathogens, although they are not currently a recommended PPE for healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients. They are beneficial for those seeking to maintain a cleaner environment and to keep shoes clean and free of contaminants or hazardous materials. Shoe covers are easy to put on and take off and are disposable.

Reusing PPE: Masks, Gloves, and Gowns

Some types of PPE can be washed and reused, but most are designed to be used one time by one person, then thrown away. Cloth face masks can be washed in a washing machine in hot water, then tumble dried. They can also be washed by hand. Lather with soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds with warm to hot water before tossing into the dryer. Respirator masks and protective eyewear can be reused, but proper decontamination should follow each use. Disposable gloves, masks, gowns, and aprons should also be thrown away after each use. However, many healthcare institutions are currently reusing paper and plastic gowns due to shortages to optimize the use of some PPE as per CDC recommendations. There is some disagreement within the professional medical community as to the safety of reusing these types of PPE.

Those who provide personal care services should be conscientious and vigilant when it comes to protecting the health and well-being of those they care for. Our caregivers follow the latest guidelines to ensure the safety and comfort of your loved one. Whether you are seeking around-the-clock care, respite care, companionship, meal preparation, or medication reminders, we’ll provide the hands-on assistance you need.

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Are You Wearing the Proper Footwear to Prevent a Fall?

Throughout your life, you often bought multiple pairs of shoes that ranged from sandals to sneakers, white to colorful alike. At a younger age, shoes were bought mostly to be fashionable and your shoe choice was based on what you were wearing that day. However, as we age, our focus begins to shift, and we depend on our shoes to be more comfortable than fashionable. Will they hurt your feet or give you blisters? Are you able to wear them all day without needing to adjust them? But the most important question of them all, will they cause you to have a disastrous fall?

Falls can cause elderly adults to break bones, feel sore or just intimidate them from venturing out to do daily activities. However, if you have the proper footwear (in addition to fall-proofing your home), you may greatly decrease the risk that you will become another statistic. Below you will find simple suggestions to keep your footwear from causing a fall.

  • First things first: comfort! Gone are the days where you can wear a pair of uncomfortable shoes just because they match your outfit. Try to focus on the soles of the shoes. Are they comfortable? Can you wear them for hours on end? Comfort is key!
  • Keeping it light is right! Comfortable shoes don’t always mean they are lightweight as well. Keeping your shoes lightweight means that you will be able to pick up your feet and walk with ease, decreasing the chances you are dragging your feet and stumble over them.
  • Heel height is of the utmost importance! Sure, a higher heel may have been the style years ago, but now you have to think about practicality over fashion. The height of your heel will determine how much balance you have during your day. Try to find a heel that has the right amount of height, without being too tall. A lower heel keeps your balance centered and will help prevent you from falling during the day.
  • Make sure there is support on the bottom of your shoes! Is there a tread design? Will it allow you to walk on tile, wood, grass, or even slippery floors? Try to find something that has a firm grip and will lend itself nicely to a chance in terrain!
  • Keep them closed! If your toes and heels are exposed, you are leaving your skin up to exposure. Although you may not think this is directly correlated with fall prevention, consider how supportive open back and top shoes really are. The support of closed shoes will allow your feet to feel supported through out your day and you will also prevent yourself from getting a sunburn on your feet or stubbing your toe without protection!

Although shoes used to be chosen based on their color and texture, it is important to focus on what will help you prevent a fall. Shoes may seem like a less than imperative accessory, but they can actually save yourself from a lot of pain, or even your life!

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Is Your House Fall-Proof for Your Loved One?

Falling is, unfortunately, a part of growing older and is very common for older individuals to experience a fall. In fact, one in three American seniors experience a fall in any given year. Falls among seniors can cause serious injuries such as a fractured or broken bone. If you have a loved one that is a fall risk, the first step to protecting them and their health is by fall proofing their home. Below are tips to help you fall-proof your home and keep them safe!

  • Make sure that all carpets in the home are secured. If there is a section of the carpet that is raised or may have the slightest bump in it, it could cause your loved one to lose their balance and fall. Make sure that all rugs, throws and carpets are flat on the ground to minimize the risks of a fall.
  • Remove clutter that could cause your loved one to lose their balance. This could include bags, purses, plants or anything else that could get in the way of your loved one walking around their home. They should be able to walk around without having to worry about running into something that may cause them to lose their balance.
  • Clear outside paths for your loved one. If there is a garden in front of your loved one’s home, make sure that the plants are tamed and trimmed so the plants do not interfere with your loved one while they are entering or exiting their home.
  • Use handrails where necessary. Many elderly people can benefit from having handrails installed into their home or outside of their home. Handrails on any staircase, shower or hallway may help your loved one get around and avoid losing their balance.
  • Light up the home at night. When it gets dark, if there are not nightlights programmed to come on, your loved one may be walking around in a dim and murky home. Make sure that you have adequate lighting for your loved one to turn on and allow them to see all hours of the day.

We hope that these tips will help you fall-proof your loved one’s home. We hope these tips will give you peace of mind and allow you to feel good knowing the senior in your life is safe in their own home.

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How to Know Its Time for Your Senior Loved One Should Stop Driving

By 2020, there will be over 40 million drivers over the age of 65 behind the wheel. As we age, our cognitive abilities are hindered, which can cause increased dangers when driving. It can be challenging to tell your senior loved one that it is time to give up their license and car, but it may be best for them in the long run. Do you know what signs indicate that your loved one should no longer be driving? Below we break down some reasons your loved one should not be behind the wheel.

  • Hearing impairment. Hearing loss happens in elderly individuals, which can affect their ability to hear emergency vehicles, honking or other sounds that are associated with driving a car.
  • Vision changes. As our loved ones get older, they will more than likely experiences changes in their vision. They may not be able to see streets signs, street lights or the vehicles around them. This will hinder their ability to drive their vehicle in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Reaction times become much slower as they age. Overtime, our reflexes slow down, and our reactions may be delayed. As they get older, your loved one may not be able to make real time quick decisions that can increase their chances of getting into an accident.

24 Hour Home Care can offer a caregiver that can accompany your loved one to and from their destinations, with a ride-sharing service doing the heavy lifting of the transportation. If you believe that your senior loved one is better off not driving, you can offer him or her this alternative to have someone drive them, so they do not miss their appointments, social interactions, etc. This will allow you to offer them an alternative to what could be a very hard change for them to make. We know this process can be difficult and it can be an adjustment that takes time to get used to, but with 24 Hour Home Care’s assistance, your loved one will not be stuck at home without a means of transportation.

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Emergency Checklist for Seniors and Caregivers

Emergencies can happen anytime, especially for the elderly. When you combine their high risk of falls, varying signs of aging, and any acute illnesses, the chance of an incident occurring increases even more. As a caregiver, it’s important that you have the necessary information close at hand to assist you through any sort of emergency. One of your first matters of business should be creating an emergency checklist or packet filled with any vital information regarding each of your patients.  Whatever information you don’t have access to as a caregiver can be obtained from family members. From doctors’ names to insurance policy info, here’s everything you need to have as an in-home care provider in Fullerton.

Medical Information

In the event of an emergency, it’s crucial that you have the pertinent information for your patient. Emergencies happen without warning. Oftentimes, it can leave the patient and the caregiver feeling helpless. It’s important to keep your bearings during an incident. Part of this responsibility is keeping careful record of your patient’s medical information. If paramedics arrive to treat the person you’re caring for, be sure to give them the necessary information that they will need to know, it could impact the lifesaving care they receive. Always keep a list of the general practitioners, specialists, and any other medical professionals that your patient sees regularly. This list should include the names, phone numbers, and specialties of each provider. Along with medical professional information, keep a list of medications attached as well. Carefully note the name of the prescription, use, and dosage on the list. Because these lists may change frequently, make it a priority to update them it as needed.

Medical conditions and history should also be noted. In the event of an emergency, first responders will need to know a brief history of the person they’re treating. For example, do they have a heart condition or an allergy to morphine? Diabetes, MS, and other chronic illnesses should also be reported. This sort of information can drastically alter the treatment that’s administered to a patient during an emergency.

Personal Information

While medical information should always be given first during an emergency, personal information should be a close second. Your patient’s full name and date of birth are necessary when seeking admittance into a hospital. Along with basic information, keep a list of close family members’ names and phone numbers. With contact information close by, you can alert loved ones as soon as an emergency occurs. Keep in mind that while you’re the caregiver, the family of your patient will want to be notified as quickly as possible and kept abreast of the situation. Due to HIPAA policies, you’ll be unable to receive and relay information to the family. The doctors treating your patient will only be able to communicate any private updates directly to family members.

If your patient is religious, they may have a local clergy or parish that they want to have contacted in the event of an emergency. Depending on their religious affiliation, contacting these individuals may be crucial to their healing process or dealing with the aftermath of an incident.

Insurance Information

Basic insurance policy information should be kept on hand at all times. Along with being helpful when picking up prescriptions or taking your patient to the doctor, insurance information is extremely important during an emergency. While it doesn’t dictate the quality of care that the patient receives, it allows the treating hospital to make billing arrangements accordingly. The insurance information noted on your emergency checklist should include the name of the provider, plan name, and identification number. If there is a separate prescription plan, the policy information should also be noted.

In order to retrieve any other plan information that might be needed in the event of an emergency, you’ll most likely need the Social Security number of your patient. Keep in mind that being trusted with someone else’s Social Security number is a sign of trust. Do whatever is necessary to safeguard this number. If your patient doesn’t feel comfortable supplying you with their Social Security number, that’s okay. Simply ensure that a family member or health care proxy has access to the number so that any vital information can be retrieved.

Legal Information

While you may be a trusted caregiver, that doesn’t give you the authority to make medical decisions on behalf of your patients. Unless you’re a designated healthcare proxy, you have no rights when it comes to emergencies. In fact, you most likely will not be given updates as to the status of your patient or any health issues that arise. This information is reserved for health care proxies and family members. If you have been granted this authority, a legal document should have been provided to you. Your health care proxy form, or the health care proxy form of any other individuals, should be included with your list of emergency information.

In some cases, an emergency may leave a patient incapacitated. In this case, the person appointed in the power of attorney document is the one allowed to handle any legal and financial issues. This legally binding document is typically part of a living will. The form should be kept with all other legal documents to prove the authority designated to a specific individual.

It’s also very important that you have on hand a document stating the resuscitation wishes of your patient or their family. If your patient isn’t competent to make medical decisions on their own, their family members or healthcare proxy may have set forth resuscitation orders. Without understanding this information, it’s impossible to know how to handle an emergency if it arises.

Preparing an emergency packet and checklist is an important part of providing adequate in-home care in Fullerton. Whether you’re the healthcare provider or a family member preparing the information for your hired caregiver, make sure that you have all of the needed documents in order. Then, in the event of an emergency, you’re prepared for whatever happens.

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How to Prevent Hospital Readmission

If you or your aging loved one was recently discharged from the hospital, it is a crucial time to set up a plan that will ensure success in the long run. Hospital readmission is common among the elderly, as they often do not take care of themselves after they have been discharged from the hospital. Having the right team behind you or your loved one that has an effective plan will decrease the chances of returning to the hospital with complications from their original medical condition. Take a look at these tips to prevent hospital readmission.

  • Get a clear understanding of the care plan. You or your aging loved one may need to take medications daily and monitor their health such as their blood pressure, blood sugar levels, etc. It is important to ask the doctors for a plan that is written out, clear to understand and can be placed somewhere accessible in the home. It is also a good idea to make copies of this plan and share it with close family and friends, to make sure that you or your loved one will have reminders provided to them by friends and family.
  • Keep in contact with the doctors. Make sure you ask the doctor for their contact information, should the need arise. It is also a good idea to check in with them from time to time. Without being too persistent, it is important to notify them of any changes that you or your loved one is experiencing. This includes but is not limited to a reaction to the medicine, a problem with recovery or your loved one refusing to continue their medicine.
  • Make the necessary follow up appointments and attend them. It is one thing to make the appointments that your doctor recommends but showing up to those appointments is crucial. These appointments are made so that your doctor can get an idea of how your recovery is going, what they need to do to help you and what the next course of action is based on your needs. These appointments are crucial to keeping you or your loved one out of the hospital and comfortable at home.
  • Hire a caregiver to help you or your loved one recover comfortably at home. Having an in-home caregiver can prevent you from missing medications, drive to you to your follow up appointments and can call your doctors on your behalf. It is important that you have a support system that will help you or your loved one stay out of the hospital and at home. An in-home caregiver can give you the companionship, assistance and professional help needed to keep you from being readmitted into the hospital.

After a hospital stay, going home can feel like a relief and liberating. In order to stay out of the hospital, it is imperative to follow the steps above. We hope that you have a speedy, smooth and easy recovery.

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Kitchen Safety for Seniors

The kitchen is an incredibly dangerous place for everyone, as there are many unsafe obstacles that can hurt your loved one. Appliances, tools and foods all pose threats to your elderly loved one if he or she is not careful and meticulous in their kitchen safety. Here are some tips to make sure the kitchen is safe for your elderly loved one.

  • Encourage your loved one to never leave food unattended while they are cooking. Food that is being cooked should be watched at all times.
  • Do not touch a pot or pan that is hot without an oven mitt.
  • Use electric teakettle’s rather than traditional ones.
  • Try to purchase automatics shut-off devices when possible to prevent a fire.
  • Clean up the areas that are traditionally cluttered, such as the cupboards or high up drawers, to prevent them from reaching and falling.
  • Make sure that the heavier items in the kitchen are available to your loved one around hip level, to prevent them from straining themselves.
  • Test all smoke detectors every month.
  • Make sure that meats, vegetables, eggs and fruits are all stored properly in the fridge and that cross contamination is not happening. If cross contamination does happen, it is best to throw away the food that was effected and the surrounding food as well.
  • Make sure that all sharp knives are sharp enough to cut their food, but not too sharp.
  • Do not take risks with leftovers! If you are unsure of something, it is better to be safe than sorry. It is possible to get food borne illnesses from leftovers!

We know that the kitchen can be a scary place, especially for the family members of an elderly individual. If your loved one is capable of working their way around a kitchen, make sure you share these tips with them to remain safe. Remember, once your loved one is at a point where he or she can no longer move around safely, a caregiver can help your loved one around the house and prepare their meals for them. Our goal is to keep your loved one safe and to give you the peace of mind that you deserve.

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Bathroom Safety for Seniors

Did you know that every 11 seconds an elderly individual goes to the emergency room for a fall-related injury? Your loved one can be at risk for becoming a fall victim every time they enter their bathroom, if it is not fit for their needs. We think it is important to be proactive and to make the bathroom a safer place for your loved one, before it becomes too late.

  • Install a chair in your loved ones’ shower. If your loved one has trouble standing, staying balanced and prefers sitting down, try a shower chair. This will allow them to sit down and either use the shower themselves or they will be able to sit while their caregiver helps them bathe. This will make them more comfortable and allow them to feel safer while they bathe.
  • Buy non-slip mats to prevent falls. Mats can help your loved one stand their ground and avoid slipping. The mats should be placed inside and outside the tub, as well as around the toilet or sink.
  • Make sure their toilet is suitable for their needs. The toilet seat should be raised and cushioned for them, so that they can sit with ease and comfort. Additionally, it can be beneficial to install handrails next to the toilet or find a toilet set with built in handrails.
  • Reorganize the bathroom so that the things your loved one uses daily is within reach. Clear out the higher cabinets and place those items in a lower cabinet or buy drawers that are easier to reach. Plastic drawers may be purchased at your local Target, Walmart or home store. These are likely to be at a lower height and easy to open and close.
  • Make sure the lighting is up to their standards. It is important to make sure that our loved one feels comfortable in the bathroom and that they can see what they are doing. The lighting should be bright enough to allow them to see clearly, but soft enough to be easy on their eyes to prevent them from getting dizzy and losing their balance.

The safety and happiness of our clients is our priority and we want to prevent your elderly loved one from becoming another statistic. We hope that these tips and helpful hints allow your loved one to use the restroom in a safe manner. However, if your loved one needs more assistance to stay safe, our caregivers can help them in their daily tasks, including bathing and toileting.  A caregiver can be the extra support system and shoulder to lean on for your loved one to keep them as safe as possible.

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Technological Advances in Senior Home Care

It can be painful watching the ones that you love age. As their physical capabilities begin to decline, you may feel like all of the pressure is on you to provide them with the care that they need. While live-in facilities do offer medical care, they require you to uproot your loved one from the environment that they’re comfortable in. Luckily, there is another way to get your aging family member the care they need. In-home care in Fullerton provides quality health services to seniors from their own home. With technology continually advancing, these at-home programs can provide the same top-notch care that your loved one would receive at other health care facilities.

Video Conferencing

As your loved one ages, you’ll find that their need for medical attention increases. When you have questions or simply need to check in with a physician, the advent of video conferencing has revolutionized in-home patient care. Now, instead of having to transport your loved one to the actual facility, you can use your phone, tablet, or computer to speak with physicians. While this service isn’t a substitute for physical checkups, it’s a great way to get answers if you have a quick question.

Better Medication Management

A study performed by AARP stated that most Americans over the age of 45 take, on average, 4 medications each day. This amount increased exponentially as the test subjects aged. It’s probable that your loved one is taking numerous medications a day. Because it’s estimated that over 60 percent of prescribed medications aren’t taken according to the doctor’s instructions, it’s important to monitor consumption carefully. With new technology and systems, it’s easier to organize medications, administer pills, and alert your loved one when it’s time for another dose. These types of medication organizational systems are key in reducing injuries and preventing hospitalization.

 

Personal Safety

Safety is one of the biggest concerns of those families who opt for in-home healthcare. Because your loved one isn’t residing in a home specifically designed for the elderly, it’s normal to be concerned for their wellness. Luckily, technology has solved this issue. Personal response systems are devices that allow patients and family members to call for help remotely. They come in the form of buttons, pendants, keychains, and remotes. These systems are placed around the home to ensure that your loved one always has access to one of these signals. Once pressed, help will be dispatched to your house immediately.

Telehealth

Perhaps one of the biggest advancements for in-home medical treatments is the introduction of telehealth systems. These cutting-edge monitoring systems are capable of monitoring vitals such as temperature, oxygen levels, blood pressure, heart rate, and weight remotely. The stats are then sent wirelessly to a network where it can be reviewed and examined by the necessary physicians. Caregivers and family members also have access to this information, making it easier to create treatment plans and continue care. By using telehealth systems, it’s estimated that a patient’s chance of hospitalization is reduced by more than 50%.

 

Electronic Scheduling

In-home health care providers are dedicated to the complete care and healing of your loved one. Whether you need them there around the clock or just a few hours a day, it’s important that they stay on top of the schedule you outline. Electronic schedules makes it easy for in-home healthcare agencies to ensure that each licensed professional is where they need to be at the right times to administer medications and care. These schedules can be accessed on mobile devices as well as laptops and desktops, reducing the risk of confusion among providers.

Real-Time Updates

It’s difficult for an in-home healthcare provider to administer care when they don’t have up-to-date information regarding their patient. Now, real-time updates allow providers to locate the latest vital signs and test results regarding each person that they treat. This makes it easier to make treatment decisions and ensure that your loved one receives the care that they need to thrive.

The in-home care solutions in Fullerton that you need may vary based on the condition of your loved one. No matter which treatment plan is necessary, you can bet that technology will be an essential part of the process.

 

 

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7 Ways In-Home Care Technologies Bring Care to Loved Ones

In-home care-giving has many benefits for your loved one as well as for the entire family who care and worry about your loved one who needs the extra care. A Del Mar caregiver can provide much-needed companionship along with in-home health care. This personal touch is important, as well as the tools that the caregiver has access to. Caregiving tools have come a long way thanks to modern technology. Here are 7 ways that healthcare technology is improving the care that caregivers are able to offer to seniors.

Emergency Monitoring

One of the most important things you can provide for a loved one is a quick response to emergency situations. For seniors who prefer to receive in-home care in La Jolla, they risk experiencing emergencies without anyone around. There could be a sudden heart attack, a fall, a bone break, a stroke, a break-in, or any number of emergencies. If alone, the senior may not be able to request help in time. Some seniors need a caregiver in their home 24/7 to help prevent and allay these situations, while some only need a caregiver for a few hours each day. For any senior who will be alone for some time each day, it’s essential to have an emergency home-monitoring system. A system like this can protect and assist seniors in emergencies by alerting family, contacting the police or the hospital, and giving seniors peace of mind in their own home.

A monitoring system can be customized to your loved one’s needs. It can include security features to deter break-ins, sensors that detect falls, automated phones that can dial family or 9-1-1, and sensors that seniors can wear on their person to detect heart rates or other sudden changes in the body. It truly is a miraculous advancement in health care technology.

 

Healthy Physical Activity

Another feature you can include with home monitoring, or even as a separate feature, is a physical activity and stress monitoring sensor. This helps seniors be able to get physical activity and enjoy doing the things they love while having peace of mind that they can remain safe. Physical activity is important to a senior’s health, but in the past it has been a hard thing for seniors to monitor on their own. A physical activity monitor can alert a patient to heart rate changes and breathing changes, and can even trigger an automated phone contact to a family member if something dangerous occurs. Most of the time, it just allows the senior to feel confident in working about their own house, gardening, or getting exercise unassisted.

 

Medication Dispensing

Even healthy seniors need regular medications and everyone could use reminders of when, how many, and how often to take prescribed medications! It’s so essential to a senior’s mental and physical health to stay on top of their medications and to be able to track the medications he or she takes. This is extremely helpful to family members who help manage their loved one’s medicines. A medicinal alert system can notify the patient when to take their medication, which pills to take, how to take them, and track that the medications were taken so that there’s no uncertainty.

Social Connection

Another important aspect of a senior’s health (and anyone’s health!) is to be able to connect with loved ones. A caregiver provides much-needed social connection and companionship, but meaningful relationships with family members are still of utmost import. Unfortunately, this can become difficult for aging family members who don’t get out as often and wish they could experience more frequent visits from family members. It’s also a challenge for older generations to connect with family members who are all online. Fortunately, new technology is coming out that helps bridge this gap between grandparents, their kids, and grandkids. If iPads, iPhones, and laptops are a bit too complex, then there are other technologies developed specifically for older generations that still allow them to connect and network with their family on popular social media sites.

 

Remaining at Home

For many seniors, remaining at home would not be possible without these modern technologies. Without healthy monitoring, home safety monitoring, and medication dispensing, some seniors would need to live with family or in a care facility. Their varying levels and states of health among seniors, and not all of them need to live at a facility. In fact, living at home has many benefits. It allows individuals to still feel independent, in control of their day, and to have the joy of managing their own space. It allows them to remain in a home with fond memories and where it’s easier and more comfortable to receive visitors. If there’s a senior in your life who is declining in health but is still capable in many ways and isn’t ready for a rest home, then modern technologies combined with in-home caregiving are wonderful, safe alternatives.

Meal Prep

Caregivers can assist with many things, including meal prep, transportation, basic housecleaning, and companionship. However, you don’t necessarily need to relegate meal preparation to a caregiver. In-home care technologies now exist that allow you to order meals, customized to your health needs, from a third-party source and have healthy, balanced meals delivered right to your door. These meals typically only need to be cooked in the microwave or oven to be ready to eat. This is a wonderful option for a senior who doesn’t need a caregiver to cook for them, but who worries about handling utensils or hot stovetops on their own.

The bottom line is that home-care technologies offer many great options that can support and improve both the mental and physical health of your loved one who wishes to remain at home for as long as possible.

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