Over 43 million across the United States are unpaid for the care they provide to an aging loved one or a loved one living with a . This care includes a range of tasks such as hands-on personal care, household tasks, medical , and major decision-making.
More often than not, are providing care independently or with limited support.
Continuously organizing, communicating, and making hard decisions can be stressful for
Adding additional tasks like managing appointments, organizing a , or keeping other family members updated just becomes one more task for caregivers to add to their growing list of things to do for their loved one. when they’re expected to manage everything for a loved one, as well as their own .
To help, websites and apps were developed to assist family in implementing a in a home . These sites were modeled after care coordination services offered within , , and insurance programs ( & ) to support patients and their loved ones.
has been shown to increase the the patient receives and improves while reducing and .
Often, is offered through a in order to improve the for those living with . It is a model of care that includes a diverse team including , , and therapists to have a well-rounded view of the . However, websites and apps have been created following this to allow informal (family and friends) to create their own amongst their team.
Some examples of sites include LotsAHelpingHands, Caretrainr, and Avanlee, but there are several others. Each site has different features, but ultimately they all seek to organize care and be the best companion for .
These sites are all offered as apps as well, increasing their accessibility to
and their ability to keep necessary information within arm’s reach at all times. The key to an organized is a website.
sites have several features that support and improve the and communication among their loved one's .
These sites allow all to have access to necessary information in order to participate in the care of a loved one.
Let’s review the seven reasons why sites can be beneficial to .
sites have a shared calendar to keep events organized. If your loved one has , you could find yourself attending frequent medical with various
However, it can be difficult to keep track of these appointments and ensure there is appropriate transportation to each. One of the perks of a site is being able to keep all these medical appointments in one place.
In addition to organizing adult day programs, programs at the senior center, and transportation services depending on your loved one’s . and appointments, sites can help organize you may be engaging with. These services may include home care
Some sites also have information about local that may be helpful.
While you may be the primary , there are likely other family and friends who want to be kept in the loop regarding how your loved one is doing.
sites typically have a social media style feed where you can post updates and photos of your loved one’s health status or fun things you did together with members of their care team. You can also post requests for support - such as medication reminders, transportation, or other . This consistent communication allows all to be kept up to date, while at the same time, creating .
These sites are password protected so only individuals that you give access to can view your loved one’s personal .
Not only does a site allow you to stay in touch with family members and friends, but it also makes it easier to document any health changes for your loved one’s .
When juggling so many other tasks, it’s hard to remember precisely what symptoms arose and when. Documenting as it happens gives your loved one’s
insight into the impact of the on day-to-day functioning.
Note-taking features on sites also allow you to take notes when at appointments. can be complicated and digesting a lot of at once is overwhelming. Record the or take notes at your loved one’s appointments using your site.
Some sites connect with wearables and other gadgets to monitor vital signs.
For example, an Apple watch monitors sleep or blood pressure which can be automatically input into the
site. Sometimes will make or recommendations to utilize devices like these to keep regular monitoring of vital signs.
Many dementia diabetes education, as well as . This keeps trusted information in one place and decreases a wellness, and ’s need to comb through various resources. sites offer education within their platform. Some topics that may be relevant include
Consistent education is important for an individual’s
. It’s crucial that all participating care have the same understanding of their loved one’s illness to address the .
are often associated with such as hospitals or facilities. A encompasses all the physical and emotional of a new patient.
can develop a for their loved one living at home. You as your loved one’s can organize , diagnoses, and medications as well as special directions such as dietary changes.
Keep in mind that it may be helpful to include the in developing this. Some and sites may allow you to integrate your loved one’s electronic (or ) into the site.
Additionally, as the primary , you can include details about preferences and day-to-day - things that may not be reflected in the .
Having a means that in the event of an emergency, another could step in and provide similar care for your loved one.
A is also beneficial in the event of a sudden resulting in your loved one requiring .
Making sure all are on the same page is a key aspect of providing , even within a home .
organize their care moving forward. Taking advantage of online sites lightens the load of organizing your loved one’s and communicating with all .
Laurel McLaughlin has over a decade worth of experience in various sectors of the elder care field- home care, senior living, and non-profits. She has a Master’s in Gerontology and is a certified dementia practitioner.
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