When a loved one has dementia there are different stages of care. Some people have a mild cognitive impairment that they are fine most of the time or are just forgetful but not in need of 24/7 care. They at be home alone part of the time. Your loved one may still be able to function and care for themselves for the time being, but it is best to take some safety precautions and ways to remind your loved one to take medications or to call for help. Let's take a look at what is out there to help with the safety of your loved one. You can take a look at Part-1 of this post.
One of the biggest issues with dementia and with the elderly in general is medication errors. Many times you hear of people mixing up their medications or taking the wrong day or not taking their medications at all. Having a few options that can help are with reminders so that your loved one knows when to take their medications. This can help with the organization and dosing times for your loved one helping to prevent medication errors.
The Rosie Reminder alarm clock is able to set up to 25 alarms. The Rosie Reminder can play recorded voice messages and can be set for different days times and week. This alarm clock can be used for meds, appointments, or even birthdays. The alarm will go off for a while until it is acknowledged. This can be great for a loved one to keep up with a medication schedule.
The Med-Q Smart Pill reminder is a programmable medication box that has an alarm and the box lights up the correct individual box. The alarm will get louder for 5 minutes and repeat every 30 minutes in case your loved one misses a dose.
The MedCenter pill organizer comes with a pill box and a reminder clock. The clock can be set up to 4 times a day. The MedCenter pill organizer comes with reminders of the date a and a button for your loved one to acknowledge the alarm.
The Med-e-lert is an automatic dispenser that is locked. This automatic dispenser will give an alarm and then rotate so that you get the pills from the correct slot. It is locked otherwise so that your loved one always gets the correct meds.
When your loved one has issues using the phone there are phones that make communication much easier. These are good for seniors if they have coordination issues or get mixed up trying to dial phone numbers. These simple changes can make your loved one safer in the home.
This phone has an emergency call button for 911, the volume goes up to 40db, and it has a place to put pictures in case your loved one has trouble with dialing numbers.
This phone has the preset dialing buttons with pictures, a 911 emergency button, a call indicator light, and volume control.
When your loved one is home alone they might not always need a caregiver with them but you want to know that they are safe then Here are some options for you to try.
These cameras both have two way audio so that you can communicate with your loved one, night vision, and are easily set up. When you can't be there you can still make sure your loved one is safe.
With advancing technology there are whole new systems out there to help care for your loved ones. New innovations in care that can revolutionize the way we care for our loved ones when we are not there
Grand Care Systems is a system that can set up in your loved one's home and put in a touch screen computer. This computer can be set up and personalized for your loved one to give them medication reminders, instructions, and social communications. This can be personalized and set up so that your loved one can use the touchscreen. With a simple touch of the screen your loved one can be on a video chat, look at photos, play games, or check the calendar for appointments. This system has great optional features that can set up wireless activity sensors and digital health devices. With this monitoring system you can track your loved one's activity or lack there of and get texts and email notifications if anything is out of the ordinary. The system has a website with a caregiver portal for secure access to your loved one's information. This type of system gives you a look at the daily life of your loved one even when nobody is there.
Alarm.com Wellness is a home security and monitoring service that is set up to see the activity of your loved one in the home. With the alarm.com system you can track your loved one's activity in the home. This can also be integrated with an alert pendent and even household controls for lights and thermostat. The alarm.com system can send you alerts if our loved one's activity is out of the ordinary. If your loved one leaves the house at an unusual time or if they haven't gotten out of bed all day you can be alerted. This system is a way to keep track of your loved one 24 hours a day without being there.
These type of home integrations are going to be the next step in Senior care. With these type of systems your loved ones will be able to live at home longer and with more independence than seen in the past. The world is moving fast and with these type of creative solutions to everyday problems we can have a healthier and happier elderly population. With dementia it can takes years before your loved one is at a point of having to have care 24/7. With some of these tools we can keep your loved one's safe and in the home as long as possible.