What technology has helped in your caring role?

What technology has helped in your caring role?
Mon Oct 15, 2018 13:12 PM
Whilst technology is not everyone's 'cup of tea' it does help some people and gives opportunities for people to access support in different ways. I would be really keen to hear from carers about what technology has helped them with their caring role? From online grocery deliveries to 'face time' chats with friends and family.....
Re: What technology has helped in your caring role?
Mon Oct 15, 2018 18:01 PM
We are trying to build a resource of apps and tech which people have found useful....and what has not helped! Some examples are Carers UK's app Jointly, pill reminders and Life 360.

Has anyone tried these or do you have any gems you would like to share with others?
Re: What technology has helped in your caring role?
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:03 AM
Hi I wanted to share that I support my father who lives in Yorkshire whilst I live in Kent. Difficult to keep an eye from so far away. I have installed "Blink Camera "https://blinkforhome.com/collections/outdoor-security-camera" they are very discreet and weather proof. One facing his front and back door. Wifi video's triggered by motion. This has been extremely reassuring. I have seen how many people visit him and take him meals, visit for a chat, I can see him leaving and returning home. Slight issue with a friendly squirrel and greedy pigeon in the mornings triggering the videos off as they are sensitive ( can be altered ) I just delete the unwanted files. So simple to set up, if I can do it most people can.

They have survived the recent storms and downpours and have good night vision. I would recommend them for peace of mind. Very inobtrusive and discreet.

I have also set up a face book group called Gdads Angels that allows one message to be sent to a group. If there are any issues to be shared we send one message to everyone. Really helpful when dad had a fall, I could rally everyone to double check on him. reassuring as well when the lady who calls to support him lets us know his mood, meds and anything else relevant. but the best bit is the lovely info about the chats they have and how comfortable he is in her company.
Next on my list is a Care Line, or life line in case he falls again, but a little bit of convincing work to be done first.
Re: What technology has helped in your caring role?
Wed Jan 23, 2019 17:01 PM
My mum is almost 90 and was struggling to remember what day it was so bought her two clocks from Unforgettable.org which show the day, date and time. She has one upstairs and one downstairs. my husband has dementia and had the same problem so I bought two for us at home and they have revolutionised our lives. Now he doesn't need to ask what day it is when he wakes up and he doesn't need to feel the panic that comes with not knowing.
Re: What technology has helped in your caring role?
Thu Jan 31, 2019 09:47 AM
Thanks for mentioning Unforgettable, WA123. I would definitely recommend looking at their website or requesting a catalogue as they have so many useful bits and pieces that can help.
It's great to hear that the clocks are working for your husband and mum.