Technology Solutions for the Long Distance Caregiver

Elderly woman looking at her laptop outdoorsAdult children who care for aging parents long distance are turning to technology to help them manage more and more every year. The National Institutes on Aging estimate that there are currently 7 million long distance caregivers. As boomers continue to retire in greater numbers than any previous generation, those numbers will continue to climb.

Northern Kentucky aging experts at St. Charles Community have pulled together some of the best rated technologies available to help make caregiving across the miles a little less stressful and a whole lot easier.

Video Chat

Programs and services like Skype can put a far-away loved one’s mind at rest. A quick chat a few times a day where you can assess for yourself how your family member is doing can calm anxious nerves or alert you to potential problems. Independa is a newer television and tablet based system that may also meet your needs.

Personal Emergency Response Systems.

Aging in place technology expert Laurie Orlov has two different systems that she recommends to families. GreatCall 5 Star Responder Service and Mobile Help will both provide you with a good option for a personal emergency response device for an aging loved one who lives alone.

Smart House Technology.

While these programs may be a little too “Big Brother” sounding for many families, the peace of mind they offer caregivers is topped only by the independence it allows the senior. A range of programs out there can alert you to everything from whether or not your loved one has gotten out of bed today to when a window or door is opened in their home during the night. Two systems to investigate that earn high rankings from experts in senior technologies are BeClose and Grand Care Systems.

LotsaHelpingHands.com

This great caregiver website allows you to create a care calendar exclusively for your loved one’s needs. Friends and family can sign up to help with whatever tasks your loved one needs assistance with each day.

In our increasingly transient society, technology can play an important role. When adult children don’t live around the corner from a parent, technologies like these can help them feel as if they do.

Do you care for a loved one long distance? What technologies have you found to be helpful?
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