Elder care and connected care need to go hand in hand. There’s one big reason why. With connected care, there are no surprises. Doctors, caregivers, and family members are all on the same page.
What is Connected Care?
Connected care uses technology to make sure all information is updated and available to those who need it. Doctors can communicate with patients who are being cared for. Connected care allows caregivers to input information that they feel doctors and family members with medical power of attorney need to know.
With connected care, a patient with high blood pressure can take blood pressure readings at home and enter them for the doctor’s office to monitor. The same can happen with diabetics and blood sugar levels. If doctors are concerned by readings, they can recommend an office visit.
Connected care can save money because patients don’t have to go for an office visit every day. They only go if there are problems. Plus, patients can often make appointments online and not have to find time to make a call or wait on hold until a patient representative is available.
How Can Elder Care Partner With Connected Care?
-Elder care services help seniors age at home. Caregivers are sent to a client’s home to help with daily activities of living. For a senior who has high blood pressure, it may be hard to remember to take blood pressure medications. This is especially true if the senior has never had to take daily medications before. It’s hard getting used to the new daily routine.
-With a caregiver there, a checklist of activities is completed each day. The caregiver can remind the client to take medications before a meal. The caregiver is there for support if there are unpleasant side effects after taking the medication. Caregivers can cook meals, eat with the senior, and make sure exercise recommendations are followed.
-Caregivers can also support clients by driving them to appointments, taking them to the pharmacy, and helping them get in and out of the car. Other helpful elder care services include assistance getting in and out of the shower, help getting dressed, and linen changeovers. Laundry, light housekeeping, and companionship are also popular elder care services.
Are you ready to get started? Talk to your parent’s doctor and your parent to see what they need help doing. Once you have a list, call an elder care agency to learn more about home care prices.