As a family caregiver, you face challenges, decisions, responsibilities, and a busy schedule daily. Balancing the needs of your aging parent with your children, your career, your marriage, and your own needs can leave you feeling as though you don’t have the time or energy to handle it all. Utilizing resources that are available to you cannot only simplify and streamline these responsibilities daily, they can also help you to fulfill care tasks more effectively and improve quality of life for both you and your senior. One of these resources is technology. We live in a world where technology exists in every facet of life and harnessing it for your care efforts can make a tremendous difference in what you do on a regular basis.
Some ways technology can help you as a family caregiver include:
● Social media makes it easier to stay in touch with your support network and care team. Often family members want updates and information, or want to be able to offer help, but constantly making and taking calls is overwhelming and inefficient. Instead, establishing a private social media account lets you quickly update everyone on your authorized list and easily collect and organize offers of help
● Security cameras can have multiple uses for your aging parent. Not only can they keep their home safe and secure, but they are also beneficial for protecting your parent themselves. Especially if they have mobility issues or cognitive functioning decline, having cameras inside their home let you quickly check in on them during the day. Those with two-way audio mean you can even communicate with your senior quickly and easily
● Instant communication such as text messages are a fantastic way to streamline communicating with your parent. Rather than having a full phone conversation, you can quickly send a reminder to take their medication, an update to an appointment, or just a hello
● Online options for making appointments, filling prescriptions, and even ordering groceries eliminate trips and phone calls, and save time and energy. These can be used by you or give your parent an added element of independence by letting them handle it on their own
Elder care is one of the most useful resources you can have as a family caregiver. An elderly home care services provider can offer a wide range of customized services that match not just your parent’s needs, but also their personality, preferences, and goals. This means they aren’t just staying safe and healthy, they are also maintaining their independence and experiencing a rich and fulfilled life as they age in place. Services can include transportation to boost independence and activity, physical support to manage mobility issues, assistance with activities of daily living, help around the house, medication reminders, and more.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care in Naples, FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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