Worry is a feeling caregivers are often all too familiar with. Especially during those times when you need to be away from the person in their care, or if you are a long-distance caregiver. There’s that constant worry, wondering if the person in your care is okay.
The good news is that there is technology available to help. One way you can get some peace of mind is by supplying the person in your care with a personal emergency response system.
A personal emergency response system is typically a wearable device, usually in a pendant or bracelet form, that is connected to a monitoring system. If the wearer (person in your care) is in trouble, they simply press the button on the device and they will be connected to help.
Personal emergency response systems, enable the user to maintain independence, and could even allow them to live in their home longer.
When you are looking into which technology to choose, there are a few things you should consider.
1. Can the device be used inside and outside of the home?
2. Will this device work in my area?
3. How user friendly is it?
4. Will this device make it easier for me as a caregiver, and provide me with peace of mind?
The benefits to the user and the family caregiver are numerous.Using a personal emergency response device enables independent living. The user can leave the home and continue to enjoy regular activities. Knowing that the person in your care is able to contact help at any time can be a big stress relief for family caregivers.
Although personal emergency response devices can help provide a sense of added security for many users, it’s important to know the limitations of the person in your care.
For example, someone in an advanced stage of dementia with severe cognitive impairments, or someone with severe mobility limitations may not be the best candidate for this type of personal emergency response device.
Another thing to remember, when the person in your care is equipped with a personal emergency response system, is that you should perform regular checks to ensure everything is working as it should. It’s also a good idea to get in the routine of charging the device daily.
Usually personal emergency response devices are water-resistant and can be used in the shower, although read the owner’s manual in detail before immersing the device completely in water.
Any personal emergency response device is intended to be used as a complementary tool to assist in caregiving, not as a replacement for other means of communication.