Long Distance Caregiving
The National Institute of Aging defines a long-distance caregiver as someone living one or more hours away from the person that needs care. With the Baby Boomers turning 65 in massive numbers every day, more and more people are finding themselves as a primary caregiver for the senior(s) in their life. Long-distance caregiving does not have to be stressful. The senior home care technology being used today helps give caregivers peace of mind and extra assurance that their loved one is being cared for correctly.
Senior home care technology has come a long way since the Emergency Response Systems of the 80s and 90s. Although medical alert bracelets are still used today, senior home care technology aims to include everyone who’s involved with providing care. This inclusive senior home care technology allows children to check on their aged parents, schedule an extra shift of home care with a click of a button, read caregiver and RN notes, all from an app on their smartphone.
Some technology takes things a step further by providing daily vitals, robots that provide medication reminders, and sensors that measure how active the senior is around the house. Senior home care technology will continue to improve so seniors are given the extra support so they are able to stay in their homes as long as possible. Giving seniors these technological tools to remain as independent as possible is a smart way for caregivers to stay involved while far away.
Senior Home Care Technology
2nd Family has made it one of their main goals to keep up with the ever changing technology in the home care industry. 2nd Family created our “Family Portal” to allow clients and all authorized family members to see their care schedule with pictures of the caregiver filling each shift, daily care notes, and their care plan created by their RN Care Coordinator. This level of transparency and accountability is what sets 2nd Family apart from other home care providers.
Technology is being regularly updated so seniors and their loved ones can be prepared for any situation. Many healthcare facilities have created online portals so all the medical information can be collected in one spot for easy access. Having a digital file of medical records and notes on recent doctor’s appointments will help a long distance caregiver be in the know and able to talk to their senior’s primary doctor knowledgeably.
Reliability and accountability is the overall goal for most home care agencies. 2nd Family implemented a GPS clock in/out feature via the smartphone app so caregivers are only able to clock in when they are physically present at their client’s location. This prevents any questions about billable hours and holds the caregiver accountable for punctuality. 2nd Family caregivers and staff understand that the price for serving seniors is indelible trust. 2nd Family earns that trust by continuing to utilize user friendly senior home care technology.
We Can Help!
If you or a loved one is looking for extra help in the home, please call us toll free at 888-808-4FAM now. 2nd Family makes the onboarding process easy by having all documentation available online including digital signature capabilities. All billing is done virtually as well for transparency for both clients and their families. The senior home care technology 2nd Family uses also allows 2nd Family to submit all care notes and shift documentation to Long Term Care Insurance providers so clients are quickly and efficiently reimbursed. So don’t wait any longer to find out how 2nd Family can provide you the peace of mind and extra care to allow you or your loved one to age in place!