There is no denying that being a caregiver means you are going to face many challenges. In fact, data reveals 21 percent of caregivers currently provide anywhere from 21 to 41 hours of caregiving each week. And a whopping 30 percent provide more than 41 hours of caregiving services each week. Another challenge that is bombarding the caregiving industry is that 68 percent of caregivers provide their services with no form of paid assistance.
Thankfully, advancements in technology are revolutionizing the caregiving industry. And while 71 percent of caregivers admit they have a great interest in using technology to improve the quality of care they can provide, only a mind-boggling seven percent are using it. Let’s take a closer look at how you can use technology to enhance your caregiving services.
Why Do Caregivers Want to Use Technology?
Safety and peace of mind. More than 75 percent of caregivers prefer to use technology that can help them monitor the loved one they are taking care of. With technologies being so widely available to help achieve this goal, why is it that so few caregivers are taking advantage of it? It has a lot to do with the cost of such technology. In fact, many caregivers admit that today’s technology is simply too expensive to use within their duties. More so, they say such technology is only worth the investment in emergency situations. But this truly isn’t the case. Modern technology and applications are affordable and accessible.
How can Technology be Used by Caregivers?
There are more than a few ways that caregivers can use modern technology to improve the lifestyle of a caregiver. First and foremost, applications can be downloaded to smartphones, tablets, and computers that make it simple to keep up with medication administration times. Caregivers often get so busy they forget whether they have already administered medicine to a patient. These apps, however, provide alerts and warnings that it is time for medications to be given.
Today’s technology is also making it easy to sync wearable devices with smartphones and electronic devices. From heart rate monitoring to glucose level checkers, these wearable devices simplify the caregiving process. Gone are the days of having to perform repeated heart rate monitoring. Patients can now wear monitoring devices that come in the form of rings, bracelets, and even necklaces to receive constant monitoring of their vitals. If a glucose or heart rate drops or rises too much, an alert will sound that allows the caregiver to take appropriate actions to remedy the issue.
Simplifying the Caregiver’s Life
Using modern technology to monitor a patient is, of course, a primary benefit of the advancements that have occurred in technology over the past few decades. But these advancements can also be used to simplify the life of a caregiver. Take for example support groups that can be accessed online. Caregivers can use modern location technology to pinpoint other caregivers in their area. They can then send a request to meet up with other caregivers to swap advice and tips on taking care of patients. Or they can meet up to simply socialize with one another.
Technology also streamlines the process of collaboration that takes place among multiple caregivers who take care of the same patient. Gone are the days of messy Post-It notes laying around stating which times medicines were administered. With modern technology, medication administration times and other pertinent data can be organized neatly and shared with each caregiver, which not only optimizes the quality of care given to each patient but also makes the life of a caregiver much easier in terms of patient management.
It’s Time to Take Advantage of Modern Technology
At one time, taking advantage of modern technology did require a hefty investment, but this should no longer be a concern. Thanks to the Internet and many free forms of technology, as well as affordable wearable devices, it is now cheaper than ever to use modern technology to simplify your life as a caregiver.