Contributed by Caregiver Action Network
November is here, and that means it is National Family Caregivers Month. Family caregivers are superheroes in many ways. They manage medications, get loved ones to important doctors’ appointments, balance their own work and home life and more.
How can family caregivers handle it all? Thankfully, new caregiving tools can help lighten the load.
Think Safety First
If your elderly loved one is aging at home, safety and security are your top priorities. You can’t be there with them every minute of the day. But all sorts of gadgets can help keep them safe, maintain their independence and relieve some of your worries. Wearable sensors can monitor an individual and contact family members if their loved one falls or if an emergency occurs. Smart homes and smart locks can help, too.
Unlock the Power of Medical Records
Information is power, and caregiver access to online patient medical records is getting easier and more powerful every day. With online patient portals you can get your loved one’s health and insurance information how and when you need it. Join the millions of family caregivers who have already accessed their loved one’s online medical records to help improve care.
Master the Medications
One of your most important daily responsibilities is managing medications – making sure they are taken properly and on time, getting refills and watching for side effects. Your loved one may have more than one illness and need several medications. Technology tools can be an easy, safe way to track your loved one’s medications and make caregiving a bit less stressful.
Unleash the Power of Apps
Caregiving can be overwhelming, and you simply can’t do it all by yourself. Luckily, there are many apps and tools that can help caregivers do almost anything from A to Z. Check your loved one’s vital signs. Locate them with GPS if they wander off. Get healthy eating plans at the touch of a button. Or connect with caregiver support groups and online communities. Use apps to streamline your tasks so you can get a break and take a few minutes to recharge your own batteries.
Not all superheroes wear capes. Family caregivers rise to the demands and challenges of the caregiver role every day. Take advantage of tools that can help you stay on top of it all and help you restore some balance to your life.
For more information, visit CaregiverAction.org.