The following is a guest post by Christian Golden of TrustRadius.
In the digital age, ordinary folks have more freedom to conduct their own medical research than ever before. According to Pew, approximately 72% of caregivers do independent medical research online and 52% participate in health-related social activity on the internet.
Importantly, digital technology’s impact on our medical practices is not restricted to professional clinical settings. Senior and hospice care at home have also been transformed by the wealth of accessible information about health care. It’s important to consider how you can implement new technology to help your caregivers provide better care than ever.
But with so many resources at your fingertips, it’s easy to get lost. We’ll impose some order on the chaos below, where we review six tech tools designed to help your caregivers succeed.
1. Get in Motion, Stay in Motion
Nothing’s more analog than picking up and moving your body for health and wellness, but digital resources exist for helping hospice and home caregivers motivate and monitor their patients on their road to recovery or personal potential.
For instance, wearable fitness trackers record cardiovascular measurements, steps taken, distance walked, and so on, all of which can be used to mark progress toward fitness goals.
2. Virtual Safety Nets
TruSense, Canary Care, and similar home monitoring systems use remote sensors to alert caregivers or emergency personnel to the presence of red flags like long periods of inactivity by a senior while at home. Having an electronic safety net in place gives caregivers the peace of mind they need while helping those in their care to remain active and live independently.