Aging in place is something many of us want for our parents and ourselves. We want to stay in own homes – wherever those homes may be. Monitor systems, emergency buttons and sensors can be part of making this a viable option. But are we as adult children or family caregivers ready to act on the information that we get from the various technologies?
I don’t know about you, but my father still gets slightly squeamish when he hears the word, “monitoring.” And yet according to my last radio show guest, Bryan Fuhr of Healthsense (www.healthsense.org), the majority of older adults he runs into welcome technology that will allow them to stay put.
The difficult part comes when you need to interpret the data. Bryan and I discuss the team approach to coupling technology with an aging services provider on this week’s show, “Technology Enabled Care.”
Caregiving is a team activity. We can’t play all the roles that are scripted to ensure care is covered in all areas. Given that, we need to research all possibilities of who (or what) can be on our team. Ask questions, seek support, set your ego aside. You don’t have to do this by yourself.