Home Care Addresses Social Isolation Worries

A recent Harvard School of Public Health study published in The American Journal of Public Health suggests that “strong social ties, through friends, family and community groups can preserve our brain health as we age and that social isolation may be an important risk factor for cognitive decline in the elderly.” The study also indicated that those elderly engaged in many social contacts had the slowest rate of memory decline. Continue reading

Caregivers Forced to Choose Between Caring for a Loved One and a Job

At least 42 percent of U.S. workers have been caregivers for aging loved ones in the last five years. In fact, most family caregivers work full or part time while caring for their parent, spouse, aunt, uncle or other loved one.

jugging your job and caring for a loved one

The majority (68 percent) of family caregivers report making work accommodations because of caregiving duties including: arriving late/leaving early or taking time off, cutting back on work hours, changing jobs or stopping work entirely. Continue reading

Medication Tips For Seniors – Caregiver Information

medication tips for caregiversDid you know that nearly one-third of the population has difficulty swallowing pills? Most people don’t swallow pills correctly. This often results in gagging, choking and vomiting. And that usually results in people not taking their medications at all, or not taking the recommended dosage, which then results in a need for later additional medical care. Continue reading

Robots Provide Home Care For Seniors

Technology may be offering solutions for older adults wanting to stay in their own homes longer.  Robotic companions are able to offer reminders, monitor vital signs, and track a person’s activities throughout the day.  They can provide a reminder if medications aren’t taken on time or a reminder that it’s time for lunch or a walk outside.  Information about the senior is remotely available to caregivers or family members so that they are always in touch.

This technology can be useful in a whole range of situations.  A senior may not have family close by or may not want to live with family, and this companion might be just enough to keep them independent.  For seniors with either informal or paid caregivers, the companion is a way to offer a break for the caregivers.  When care is provided by a spouse or family member, they are working 24 hours per day and often need support themselves.  Technology may be able to offer them some of the support.

GIRAFF+ is one of these home companions being introduced throughout Europe.

Giraff+ System Senior Robotic Care

 

 

 

 

 

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