7.1 The Role of Technology in Caregiving

Due to an increased load on caregivers, numerous technological advancements have been made to lessen the strain of caring and offer support to the carer to help manage the expanding population of dementia patients.
Some technological advancements include the following:

  • Information and Communication Technologies (ITCs)

Information and communication technologies (ITCs) offer several benefits over more conventional intervention delivery methods, such as:

  • Increased ability to deliver and access information on demand and in a time efficient manner
  • Accessibility to resources and healthcare providers
  • Enhanced flexibility concerning information format.

For instance, the Internet and mobile technology can improve carers’ access to services
and information.

  • Websites

Having the essential knowledge about the sickness or handicap of the care receiver, how to provide care, and how to access and utilize available services is a challenge that many carers face.
Websites can give carers knowledge on illnesses and diseases, medications and treatments, healthcare providers, and other resources related to health. Let’s look at some of the most important:

  • Alzheimers.gov
  • alzfdn.org
  • eldercare.acl.gov


  • Monitoring and Sensing Technologies

Monitoring and sensing technologies are used to keep track of older individuals’ functional health and activities, to help with the treatment of chronic illnesses, and may even be helpful to family carers.
The ability to incorporate wireless sensors and network capabilities has been made possible by microelectronics and digital wireless technology advancements. This allows the data gathered from the sensors to be transmitted to physicians and family carers in distant locations.
Some monitoring and sensing technologies include the following:

  • Reminder Devices – These broadcast messages at specific times. You may use one of these to record a message reminding you to take your prescription, for instance, or to share it with relatives or friends. A calendar app on your smartphone can also display reminders.
  • Robot Vacuum Cleaners – Instead of taking away the patient’s independence by doing everything for them, it’s crucial to provide them with the tools they need to achieve their objectives on their own. A robotic vacuum cleaner is a great
    choice. Patients can use these to make sure their room is tidy, and the best part is they don’t even have to ask for help!
  • Motion detecting Devices – These employ a sensor or pressure pad and play a recorded voice in response to movement. They may be programmed to play a message to remind you to switch off the gas when you leave the kitchen.
  • Clocks and Calendar – Automatic calendar clocks display the time, date, and day of the week. When it’s light in the evening or dark in the morning, some clocks additionally indicate whether it is morning or evening.
  • Automatic Medication Aids – Automatic pill dispensers are great for dementia patients. The dispenser sounds an alarm when it’s time to take your prescription, and the appropriate container opens so you can get to the necessary tablets. Some gadgets allow you to program the alarm to sound until the pills are taken out. Some gadgets can notify friends or family about medication noncompliance or malfunction.
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