- You can make caregiving easier with the help of technology.
- There are so many ways you can utilize technology as a caregiver.
- Once you learn to use the tech, caregiving will be so much smoother!
ore and more people in the U.S. are taking care of a family member or friends with medical needs. As a caregiver, you have many responsibilities, so it's important to find ways to reduce stress and make your job easier.
Know what is available to make your life easier as a caregiver.
If you're a caregiver, you know what it's like to feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Caregiving is an important job that requires tremendous time, energy and patience. It can be helpful for caregivers to take advantage of technology in order to make their lives easier so they can focus on caring for their loved one.
There are many apps available today that can help caregivers find information on specific medical conditions, track medications, and even prevent accidents from happening by making sure loved ones don't fall or wander off by themselves. Here are some of the top ways technology can help.
Find out about apps and websites that help caregivers search for information on specific medical conditions.
There are several websites that provide information on specific medical conditions, some of which also have a search function. Some of these sites include:
If you look at the top right corner of each page you will see an option called “Search” where there are different categories listed – choose one from these options in order to get more specific results towards health topics related specifically to your loved ones condition(s).
Learn about apps that help caregivers track medications.
There are many apps that can help caregivers track medications. Some of these include:
- Medication management apps: These apps provide a visual interface to help patients organize their medication schedule, including reminders and dosage reminders. They also have the capability to send information directly to the patient's pharmacy so they can refill prescriptions on time or avoid unnecessary trips.
- Medication reminder apps: These applications use location-based technology (GPS) and calendars to remind caregivers when it’s time for a dose of medicine, when it needs refilling, or if there are any adverse reactions occurring as a result of taking them at certain times throughout the day.
- Medication tracking apps: These programs monitor the progress of your loved one by allowing you to set goals for how often they should take each medication based on their condition and health history; this feature helps prevent errors like forgetting which pills were taken today (or yesterday).
Find out about technology and devices that can prevent accidents or call for help if an accident happens.
- Wearable devices: These are small devices that can be worn on the wrist or other parts of the body. They are also known as “wearables” or “wearables technology.”
- Devices that call for help: These devices can make calls for help to family, friends or neighbors if you don't answer a call from them within a certain number of rings.
- Devices that track location: These devices will allow your loved one's caregivers to know where he or she is at all times.
- Devices that track health: Some of these include blood pressure monitors and weight scales, which can provide important information about how well someone is doing physically during those times when they have no one else around him/her at home or during trips away from home (such as when visiting friends).
- Devices that track activity level: This includes pedometers that count steps taken throughout the day and provide feedback about how active you've been during each period of time when wearing it; heart rate monitors; calorie counters; etc! It's important not just because being active makes people feel better but because doing so helps keep us healthy overall - especially important since we're living longer lives than ever before now thanks in large part due to advances made possible by technology like these devices!
Learn about apps that increase social connections with friends, family and caregivers.
Some of the best ways to connect with your loved ones, friends and caregivers are through the use of apps. The following apps allow you to chat with friends and family, play games with them, share photos and videos, share documents, calendars/to-do lists and even your location!
- Facebook Messenger
- WhatsApp (for chatting)
- Skype (for calling)
- Google Hangouts (for calling)
- FaceTime (for calling)
Caregivers are one of the most important groups of people in our society.
They devote their lives to taking care of family members and friends, often sacrificing their livelihoods or personal time in order to do so. Caregivers deserve all the help they can get—and that's where these digital tools come in. If you're a caregiver, this blog post has hopefully helped show you some things about technology that might make your life easier.
Additional Caregiving Resources:
- What Are the Top 5 Qualities of a Good Caregiver?
- 5 Ways to Save Your Sanity as a New Caregiver
- Best-Selling Books on Caregiving: Self-Care, Dementia, Family Relationships & More
- Practical Tips for First-Time Caregivers
- Get help and support with all of your technology needs and take a technology class on GetSetUp.