How Can Technology Help You with Being a Distance Caregiver?

Being a family caregiver for an aging parent poses many challenges. If you live at a distance from your senior, and are not able to be in the home with them on a regular basis, these challenges can even be increased. This requires you to be even more conscientious about planning your care efforts, and taking advantage of as many resources and tools as you possibly can to ensure the quality and effectiveness of your care. This is one place where technology can be a tremendous source of help for you. Utilizing technology effectively can allow you to stay in closer touch with your parents, improve your care team, and even keep better track of your parent’s needs so you can be sure they are fulfilled in the best ways possible at all times.

Senior Care in West Palm Beach FL: Technology and Distance Caregiving

Senior Care in West Palm Beach FL: Technology and Distance Caregiving

Some ways technology can help you in your role as a distance caregiver include:

  • Cell phones. This likely seems like an obvious part of your life, but the truth is many seniors don’t have mobile devices, or know how to use them effectively. Purchase a simple, straightforward device for your parent and help them learn to use it so you can stay in touch with calls, texts, and even video chats.
  • Social media. Social media can be a simple and centralized place for your aging parent to stay in touch with you, other family members, and friends. You can also use social media to find those willing to help you manage your parent’s care needs, and to keep your care team organized. Ensure your senior knows how to effectively and safely use social media, and keep all platforms private so they are accessible only by those with prior authorization.
  • Security camera. A security camera is a simple, but highly effective way to help your parent feel safer, and for you to monitor their condition remotely. Using security cameras throughout their home allows you to check in on their house and their surroundings, and also enables them to check who is outside of the house before answering the door. Cameras with two-way sound allow you to communicate with your parent, giving them a way to get in touch with you, or receive distance support easily.
  • Panic button. A personal emergency button can be extremely beneficial for your aging parent if they are likely to spend much time alone in their home, or if they go out of the home by themselves. These buttons connect to call centers that can ensure the proper emergency response personnel can get to your parent if there is an emergency, but they can also allow you to connect to your parent, track their movements, or know they need help, giving both of you more confidence to grant them their independence.

 

In your role as a family caregiver, you will use a wide variety of tools and resources to support your efforts for your parents. Of these tools and resources, one that may be the most beneficial is senior care. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule designed to specifically match their needs as well as the efforts you give them already. This means you can feel confident your senior has access to care and support at all times, but it also gives them the opportunity to maintain their independence, and pursue the type of lifestyle that is right for them. The completely customizable nature of the services of a senior care provider mean your parent and you work together to decide the types of things your parent needs to maintain their health, well-being, safety, and comfort. Their services are designed to promote a higher quality of life and encourage independence, which can allow both of you to feel more at ease as your parent ages in place.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in West Palm Beach, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

About Jon Fedele

Jon Fedele is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Activa Home Health. During the past 15 years he has owned and operated several successful healthcare companies in South Florida.

“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.

Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.
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