Many families meet the challenge of caring for a disabled or chronically ill loved one, and all the time and effort such a great responsibility entails. Family caregivers deserve support for taking care of another, and one available resource is technology. A recent study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and UnitedHealthcare, “e-Connected Family Caregiver: Bringing Caregiving intothe 21st Century,” found that technology-using caregivers believe they and the people they care for can benefit from web-based and mobile caregiving tools.
In the study, caregivers said caregiving technology will help with saving time, making caregiving easier logistically, making the care recipient feel safer, increasing feelings of being effective and reducing stress. The study found that caregivers want tools for personal health record tracking, web-based care coordination programs and devices to help with prescription medicine reminders and dispensing pills.
Providing support systems and tools to family caregivers can help with meeting responsibilities and coping with stress. However, technology is no replacement for a trained professional to care for your loved one in need. Our caregivers at Synergy HomeCare of Michigan can help your relative with dressing, bathing, and many other personal needs. Software and websites can’t replace a human being for providing meaningful companionship.
Family caregivers provide an estimated $375 billion worth of uncompensated care to loved ones every year. Technology can’t meet a caregiver’s every need, but it can allow caregivers do more. It’s good to know many people want technology to help them be even better caregivers for their family members.
Read a PDF document of the full report here.