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9 Need-to-Know Technologies for Caregivers
Posted By Sally Abrahms On April 26, 2012 @ 2:24 pm In Caregiving,Home & Family,Technology | Comments Disabled
Can you say the Jetsons? Increasingly, family caregivers  are getting a helping hand through high-tech products and services. Bone up on these trends:
GPS safety technology provides the location of the wearer: devices can be used on the wrist, as a clip-on, or on a pendant. Some cars and smart phones have them – enabling you to speak or touch your desired destination – and see or hear turn-by-turn instructions.
With some devices, the caregiver sets the parameters of where the recipient can be – sometimes referred to as ‘geo-fencing ’. If the person goes outside those areas, the caregiver is alerted via phone, text, or email. At any time, the caregiver can log on to a website and track the location of the elder.
Personal emergency response systems , known as PERS, also contain GPS technology. It’s the Medic Alert model—if in trouble, the wearer can press a button and be connected with a call center that can dispatch help and notify caregivers. Many PERS devices only work at home, but a few allow the wearer to get help wherever they are—on the golf course, in the car, around the block.
Other safety technology  includes wireless sensors around the house (in the bathroom, on the bed, door, or refrigerator, for example) that that let caregivers know if there is activity out of the ordinary i.e. not leaving the bathroom. A fall, perhaps?
Staying connected via Internet : These simple systems offer video chats with the adult children and grandkids, photo sharing, Skype, email, audio messages, online networking with others in similar situations (dementia, specific cancer caregivers, only children) through forums, websites with targeted articles and audience.
Medication management: Reminders for recipients to take their meds, alert them (could be via email, a buzzer, or a bell) if they forget, and let the caregiver know if their loved one has, or has not, complied.
Care Coordination: It might be a shared website for caregivers and others interested in pitching in to help and/or get updates, or services to connected families with professional caregivers.
1) GreatCall 5Star Responder Service  – mobile PERS
2) MobileHelp  – mobile PERS
3) BeClose  – wireless, sensor-based home monitoring
4) GrandCare System  – wireless, sensor-based home monitoring system with communication and messaging
6) TabSafe  – medication dispensing and reminders
7) Independa  – caregiving software application – including TV-based communication
8) CareLinx – finding home care workers without an agency
9) lotsahelpinghands.com –creating a shared website for caregivers
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 family caregivers: http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/?cmp=SN-BLOG-PJS
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 geo-fencing: http://mashable.com/follow/topics/geofencing/
 Personal emergency response systems: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/whocares/emergency.shtm
 safety technology: http://www.aarp.org/technology/how-to-guides/info-05-2011/use-technology-to-keep-you-safer.html?cmp=SN-BLOG-PJS
 Staying connected via Internet: http://www.aarp.org/technology/social-media/info-01-2012/facebook-keeps-families-in-touch-wa.html?cmp-SN-BLOG-PJS
 Laurie Orlov: http://www.ageinplacetech.com/
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 GreatCall 5Star Responder Service: http://www.greatcall.com/5star_urgent_response/5Star_responder/
 MobileHelp : http://www.mobilehelpnow.com/
 BeClose: http://beclose.com/
 GrandCare System: http://www.grandcare.com/
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 Telekin Computer: http://www.firststreetonline.com/Electronics+amp+Gadgets/Computer+amp+Office/WOW+Computer.axd
 Skype: http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/home
 TabSafe: http://www.tabsafe.com/
 Independa: http://independa.com/
 CareLinx: https://carelinx.com/
 lotsahelpinghands.com: http://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/
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