Technology is advancing in every facet of life. It’s also helping to improve quality of care and support for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. For family caregivers, technology can be a wonderful asset, but it can also be a great idea for those who have realized the benefits of home care support services.
What kind of technology is making a difference?
Even though there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are various treatments that can help improve quality of life, comfort, and even mental function for a while. Technology can also help.
For one thing, mental stimulation is essential.
A person who watches TV all day is not engaging their mind. They are not being mentally stimulated. Sitting and playing a few passive games on a tablet is also not benefiting somebody who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Sure, these things can be fun, but for those who want the best, there are alternatives.
Focus on games or activities that require thought, concentration, or strategizing.
There are plenty of apps for Apple and Google systems that provide engagement, mental stimulation, and excitement. These simple activities could provide a boost in mental function, especially in the years ahead. Some research studies do indicate that mental stimulation early on, shortly after diagnosis, can pay dividends in the years ahead (Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation).
What else can technology offer?
It’s a great communication system. More and more people today rely on their smartphones, tablets, and other computer technology to stay in contact with one another. They turn to social media and teleconferencing, or videoconferencing. For somebody diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he or she may be a bit nervous about being alone.
They might have questions, wish to speak to somebody directly, and these video chat features can be a wonderful asset. It helps those who may feel alone realize they are not as isolated as they initially believed.
Technology can also help caregivers communicate effectively.
If this aging senior is relying on several family members, friends, and possibly a couple of home care aides throughout the week, that’s a lot of different individuals helping. That can be a wonderful asset, but poor communication can be detrimental.
Relying on communication technology, these caregivers can let one another know what was done, what issues arose while they were visiting, and other concerns that need to be addressed. The quality of care and support for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s continues to improve, so long as people understand the value of experienced home care services and technology in that endeavor.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Upper Darby, PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-3119.
Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day as while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise. "Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."
In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.