Technology for People with Dementia
Dementia is typically progressive and terminal. However, a dementia diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean your loved one should go into an assisted living facility right away. Many people with dementia go on to live at home and remain largely independent for years after being diagnosed, though family members are still likely to worry about their loved ones’ safety.
Technological Tools to Help You Care for Your Aging Loved One with Alzheimer’s or Dementia
As you seek to monitor and protect an aging loved one with dementia, you might consider implementing some of these technological tools:
- Accessible mobile phones: Your loved one may benefit from a mobile phone that is user-friendly and useful for people with diminishing vision and technological difficulties. Consider getting a Doro PhoneEasy 612, iPhone SE, Jitterbug Smart, or another intuitive cell phone with large buttons and icons. This can make it easier for your loved one to reach you in the event of an emergency, such as a fall.
- Digital pill dispensers: Even if your loved one is still able to administer their own medication on time, it doesn’t hurt to preemptively implement tools that will help you make sure they never miss a dose. As the caregiver, you will fill up the medicine tray that feeds pills into the device and program the dispensing schedule. Such devices usually lock until it’s time to take a pill, and many models allow you to record a verbal reminder for your loved one.
- Emergency response systems: Emergency response systems such as GreatCall 5Star Urgent Response, MobileHelp, Connect America, and Life Alert help your loved one reach out to emergency medical responders in the event of a fall or other emergency. Some of these can track your loved one’s location, as well, which can be very useful if a loved one with dementia wanders off.
In-Home Assistance for Family Caregivers in Texas
Are you concerned about your loved one’s deteriorating mental capacity? If so, we may be able to help you take care of them, from recommending assistive devices to providing attentive supervision and hands-on assistance. Contact At Home Healthcare today to learn about our in-home care programs in Texas and find out how we can serve you and your family during this season.
Call (877) 959-9093 today or request care online.