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Caregivers and New Technologies Keep Seniors Connected to Others

Apr 5, 2018 by Alex Holden

According to the U.S. Population Reference Bureau, the number of Americans age 65 and older is projected to grow from 46 million today to more than 98 million by 2060. As this demographic change occurs and the Baby Boom generation enters retirement, the need for In-Home Care services will grow in tandem.

However, what seems like a solid plan for “aging in place” can go awry when unexpected injuries, surgeries or chronic medical problems enter the picture. Complications from arthritis, hypertension, or diabetes are just some of the more common ailments that can wreak havoc on a senior’s well-being. If the loss of driving abilities is added to the mix, a senior can become isolated and removed from his or her circle of friends and relatives.

I’ve been working in the field of In-Home Care for more than 15 years. There have been many instances when families have come to us, desperate for help with caring for Mom or Dad. Their concerns are universal: the parents are aging, they refuse to leave their homes, but safety has become an issue.

An In-Home Care Service can be a godsend in these types of situations. The periodic arrival of a professional caregiver – someone to stop in to socialize a bit, help with simple chores, errands or personal care – can make all the difference in the world.

My company, Comfort Keepers, has been having a great deal of success in adding technology to the caregiving equation. We routinely offer two-way emergency response systems, medication control devices and home monitoring security systems to our clients. This has been augmented with a new tool called “the grandPad,” an easy-to-use tablet which allows seniors to communicate with their families on a 24/7 basis. The grandPad requires no setup, passwords or Wi-Fi connection. It operates on a closed, secure system that allows seniors to easily send and receive photos, voice mails and emails.

In my work with Comfort Keepers, we have found that when families enlist the help of a professional caregiver, life changes for the better. We like to say that we treat your loved ones as if they were members of our own families – and that’s the key to making the process work.

We all want to feel valued and appreciated, regardless of our ages. Maintaining a connection with others is integral to our sense of well-being. In-Home Care, at its core, represents the kind of interaction that was common to previous generations. Back in the day, seniors aged at home, with their families, in their own neighborhoods. When a scheduling conflict arose for a family caregiver, it was common for a neighbor or a friend to drop in for coffee or to help with the dishes – just to check on the senior’s well-being.

As much as our country has changed in the past few decades, some things remain the same. In-Home Care represents the kind of support and interconnectedness that we will see more of in the years ahead. And that’s a good thing for everyone.

 

To learn more about what we do at Comfort Keepers of Chicago North Shore, please call us at 847-215-8550. We're here to help!

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