Safety Tip 5:
Medication Management Technology
Medication management technology serves as a medication dispenser to help remind your loved one when to take their medications. An in home caregiver will load the dispenser with the proper medications and dosages, then a bell will ring to alert your family member when it’s time to take their medication, and the pre-loaded pills will be dispensed. A sensor then reveals if the medication was removed from the dispenser, and if the dosage was missed, the in home caregiver and proper family members will be notified. “Remote care technology is good when a parent or loved one is just starting to get to the point where they are having a few minor issues. They may need help with medications, or need their blood pressure or other vital signs checked on a daily basis,” Doug notes.
Environmental monitoring systems observe carbon monoxide levels, the presence of smoke or a fire, extreme heat and cold, and can also function as motion detectors – ensuring a safe home environment for seniors. These systems also include an emergency response system that can call for help, while your loved one focuses on getting to a safe place in the event of an emergency. Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors immediately alert the local fire department. If the furnace stops working on a sub-zero night, the extreme temperature detector will alert you, so you can call dad. The motion detectors will learn the patterns of your loved one, so if mom isn’t up in the kitchen at 8 a.m. as usual, family is alerted. Since seniors are often less aware of environmental emergencies, or unable to respond quickly enough, monitoring their home can prevent unnecessary injuries, hospitalization, and even death.