“Leveraging the Power of Technology to Help with Caregiver Duties” is the title of an excellent blog article contributed in 2015 by Nathan McVeigh to the blog http://lotsahelpinghands.com. Some require a computer and some do not:
- “Access to Education and Resources”
He contrasts illness-specific sites like cancercare.org and alz.org with more general sites like cargiveraction.org and lotsahelpinghands.com. Each has its strengths.
- “Daily Care”
He lists instacart.com for shopping and postmates.com for meals right away and taskrabbit.com for tasks you want to delegate.
- “GPS Technology”
For patients with dementia, such devices can be attached to their clothes to help find them. Other devices allow you to monitor patient conditions remotely. McVeigh lists: resources.careinnovations.com/quietcare, mylively.com, lifelinesys.om/content and life360.com.
- “Personal Emergency Response Systems”
Examples given are medicalert.com and lifealert.com.
- “Medication Reminders”
A full-service pharmacy is pillpack.com. Reminder services include tabsafe.com and medminder.com, and there are phone aps.
- “Wireless Home Monitoring”
These are advertised on TV and can alert you to a fall or an unauthorized departure.
- “Software Applications and Health Tracking Tools”
Platforms such as healthvault.com and the lotsahelpinghands.com site offer storage for the multitudinous appointments often associated with caregiving.
- “Support Communities”
Sites such as lotsahelpinghands.com provide support for caregivers and family members.