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Caregiver Use Of Technology In Dementia Care

Caregivers in Kansas City have adopted the use of various technological devices in recent years to help with the care of dementia patients. Devices such as a wearable camera, for example, have been found to be particularly beneficial. This is the season for giving and family members who are looking for the perfect gift for their loved one can contribute in a significant way with a gift of a wearable camera.

Cutting-edge technology appears to be transforming memory care training for caregivers of seniors with memory loss. Traditionally memory care involves keeping a personal written diary but now, the inclusion of cutting-edge technology for seniors is empowering caregivers in Kansas City to take a more advanced role in the care of their patients.

For family members who are experiencing the emotional pain of watching their loved one’s memory slip away, the use of technical devices such as the wearable camera lets caregivers in Kansas City be more proactive when making it part of the daily caregiving routine, benefiting both the dementia patient and caregiver.

Some advantages of using technological devices in memory care are:
  • Early diagnosis and intervention
  • Functioning and Independence
  • Support for caregivers
  • Safety
  • Behavioral management

Researchers concur that passive memory training with Microsoft’s SenseCam is a promising alternative to traditional memory training programs. This device is a life-logging camera with a fisheye lens and trigger sensors that is usually worn around the neck. They posit that the images can help memory care patients in the way that looking at photographs nudges a person’s recall. Sequential viewing of the images can trigger activity in the same brain circuits that were triggered when someone first experienced the events prodding the memory into consciousness.

Whether it be for engaging a loved one with Alzheimer’s, managing behaviors non-pharmacologically, creating a safer environment, or monitoring from a distance, technology has taken a place in caring for our loved ones by providing some wonderful tools, both for those with Alzheimer’s, and for those who care for them. Kathleen Allen, LCSW.

Technology in support of dementia patients significantly impacts a memory care patient’s quality of life. It provides a way for caregivers to develop a safer environment. Monitoring from a distance, telecare – uses detectors and sensors for movement, smoke, flood, gas or fall detectors. A signal is generated via a base unit that is connected to a telephone line in use by the caregiver or monitoring service. These devices can also be used to quickly call for medical assistance as and when needed.

Brain health is important now more than ever with dementia expecting to double by 2060. Technology has become a platform to help with brain health by offering products to help with dementia care.
  • Smart Locks – For care of dementia patients who tend to wander these locks track and monitor the opening and closing of doors.
  • Motion Sensors – Turns on lights when someone walks by.
  • Wearable Devices – In addition to the SenseCam, there are devices that can help alert when someone is in trouble, one of which is Life Alert. Many of these devices feature GPS tracking.
  • Security Cameras – Placed inside and out of the home, cameras help monitor a patient’s activity and behavior making it possible for caregivers to keep an eye on them when they are not physically in the same room.
  • Smart Sensors – These devices connect to appliances to turn them off automatically if left on for too long. They can also be turned off remotely using a mobile app on your phone.

Home Care Assistance has provided dementia care and Alzheimer’s care to thousands of people in Kansas City with mild to severe memory loss in a home environment with an experienced and skilled caregiver. Many times, people with dementia communicate through non-verbal means or have different and changing language skills. We are committed to long-term caregiver relationships in Kansas City and our caregivers are experienced in memory care. Our focus is on creating a safe, comfortable home environment that allows your parent, spouse, relative or friend to remain in a familiar setting.

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