Health-Monitoring Tech to Make Caregiver’s Lives Easier
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Being a caregiver isn’t always an easy task. Even though you deeply love the person for whom you’re caring, long days and physical demands can push even the most patient of people to their limits. Fortunately, home health-monitoring technologies can make your life easier while also improving the life of the loved one you are caring for.

1. Smart Lock

What do you do if you have to go to work during the day or run errands, but don’t want to leave an elderly parent or special needs child alone for long periods? Having a nurse, backup caregiver or even family friend come and sit with the person for a bit and check on them is one option, but you probably don’t want to pass out house keys to numerous people.

Enter the Smart Lock, a system that tracks who has come and gone from your home and allows you to provide a code for easy entry. You can create one-time codes or a code that will work on an ongoing basis. Even better, you can put limits on when the codes work. So, if you want to provide a code at 3 p.m. each day for someone to bring your loved one a meal, you can, but the code won’t work at any other times.

2. Kenguru Car

Even though people in wheelchairs have been able to drive cars for a while, many of these models are extremely expensive, or it is costly to adapt a traditional vehicle into one that is handicap drivable. The Kenguru car offers an option for those in wheelchairs to have the independence of being able to drive.

It also enables them to move their wheelchair into the car without an expensive lift and trying to figure out how to make their way into the driver’s seat.

With the Kenguru, the person drives into the car from the back hatch, which includes a ramp. They then park the wheelchair in place and use controls similar to those on a motorcycle. There is no need to struggle to get in and out of your wheelchair at all.

3. Hero

Perhaps you have an aging parent at home, who does okay for large chunks of time but has a hard time remembering to take his or her medication on schedule. Enter Hero – a pill dispenser that can be set to dispense pills at a set time, reminding the person to take their meds. It also dispenses pills into a handy cup, which means that your parent won’t have to struggle with opening childproof caps.

Probably the best thing about this device is that you can download an app and the device will send you an alert that your parent has taken his or her pills. This can give the working adult child a lot of peace of mind when trying to care for aging parents.

4. GPS Tracking

If you have a parent dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s, one of your biggest fears may be that they will wander away and not know how to return home. One thing that can give both you and them a lot of peace of mind is a device with a GPS tracking system. You can set a safe zone, and when the person wanders out of it, the device sends an alert. However, you can also use the device to track down an elderly parent or special needs family member who has wandered off.

5. Alerting Device

There are a number of different alerting devices on the market. These devices notify local authorities when there is an issue as well as inform those on a calling list. They can also dispatch an ambulance. Look for in an alerting device that can call 911 for you and communicate with the person wearing it. So, if your mother is home alone and falls, the device should sense that she fell, try to talk to her over the speaker and call 911 if she needs it or have her tell them she is okay. At the same time, the device should send you a notice that your mother fell and what action it is taking.

Health-monitoring technologies can give you peace of mind when you need it most. These devices allow your loved one to have a little independence while still being safe and taken care of.

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Written by Kayla Matthews
Kayla Matthews writes about medical technologies and news developments for publications like The Week, BioMed Central and Kareo's Go Practice Blog. To read more posts by Kayla, visit her on Twitter @KaylaEMatthews or check out her website: http://productivitybytes.com.

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