09 June 2023
Carers Week 2023 - the benefits of technology enabled care for carers
In today's fast-paced world, technology has transformed various aspects of our lives, and caring is no exception. Carers, who selflessly dedicate themselves to the wellbeing of others, are now using technology enabled care solutions to become more effective in their caring role, as well as to improve overall quality of life.
From remote monitoring devices to virtual support networks, technology is empowering carers in unprecedented ways.
Here at Delta Wellbeing, we offer a range of services to help and support unpaid carers and their loved ones, including various solutions inside and outside the home using the latest assistive technology.
In this blog post, we will explore the numerous benefits of technology enabled care for carers and how it is transforming the caregiving landscape.
Enhanced communication and connectivity
One of the main advantages of technology enabled care is improved communication and connectivity for carers. Through smartphones, tablets, and dedicated caregiving applications, carers can easily stay connected with their loved ones and other caregivers. Real-time messaging, video calls, and shared calendars enable efficient coordination of schedules and tasks. Carers can quickly pass on important updates, collaborate with healthcare professionals, and seek advice from support networks, all at the touch of a button. Such seamless communication fosters a sense of community and reduces the isolation often experienced by carers.
Remote monitoring and safety
Technology has introduced a range of remote monitoring devices that can significantly improve the safety and wellbeing of our loved ones, and at the same time help to ease the burden on carers.
Wearable sensors, GPS trackers, and smart home automation systems can provide real-time data on vital signs, activity levels, and emergencies. Carers can receive instant alerts or notifications if any irregularities or potential risks are detected, so that they can take action straightaway.
Lifeline alarms can provide significant benefits for carers, offering reassurance, safety, and peace of mind, including:
- Round-the-clock support: Lifeline alarms provide 24/7 monitoring, allowing carers to feel supported at all times.
- Emergency response: At the touch of a button, the monitoring centre is immediately alerted about a critical situation, such as a fall or sudden illness, ensuring help arrives quickly.
- Enhanced safety and independence: Lifeline alarms contribute to the safety and independence of both carers and their loved ones. Carers can be more confident in leaving their loved ones alone, knowing that help is just a button press away, improving quality of life for both.
- Peace of mind: Carers often worry about the wellbeing of their loved ones when they are not there, and lifeline alarms can alleviate some of that anxiety by providing a reliable safety net. Carers can feel more at ease, knowing that their loved ones have immediate access to help when needed.
- Cost-effective solution: Compared to alternative care arrangements, such as hiring additional carers or moving to assisted living facilities, lifeline alarms can be a more cost-effective option. They provide an added layer of safety without requiring significant financial investment, allowing carers to manage their budget while ensuring the wellbeing of their loved ones.
Remote monitoring not only enhances the safety and security of individuals, but also provides carers with peace of mind, as they can monitor their loved ones’ wellbeing even when they are not physically with them.
Medication management and health tracking
Managing medications and tracking health-related information can be challenging for carers. Fortunately, technology enabled care offers innovative solutions to streamline these tasks. Mobile apps and smart pill dispensers provide automated medication reminders and dosage schedules, reducing the risk of missed doses or medication errors. Additionally, digital health trackers allow carers to monitor and record vital health parameters such as blood pressure, glucose levels, and sleep patterns. By keeping comprehensive health records, carers can assist healthcare professionals in making informed decisions and identifying trends or changes in their loved ones’ health.
The benefits of technology enabled care for carers is becoming increasingly apparent, from improving communication and connectivity to enabling remote monitoring, medication management, and access to support networks. By embracing these advancements, carers can enhance their efficiency, reduce stress, and improve the overall quality of care provided to their loved ones.
Our key aim at Delta Wellbeing is to help and support people to live as independently as possible and our Delta CONNECT package offers an enhanced lifeline and telecare service including a range of technology enabled care equipment such as lifelines, fall detectors, GPS tracking devices, door sensors and medication dispensers, as well as access to a 24-hour rapid response team. Other benefits include pro-active wellbeing calls and digital support. It is currently available in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire and is free for the first three months.
For further information please call our friendly team on 0300 333 2222.