What do you do, when you are the sandwich generation and you are simply not living close enough to keep a close eye on your aging loved ones? Well, first there is the Ideal Life monitoring devices that has been used recently; a wireless device fitted into the homes of your aging parents enabling faraway carers to keep a close eye on their loved ones. As well, it provides caregivers who are in the vicinity with all the individual’s necessary information.
Vis-à-vis other technological devices, there are various products that can dispense the correct number of pills; track sleep patterns and bathroom activity and also monitor blood pressure.
There are other things one can do from faraway as well. For example, keeping in close contact with the individual through video chats/Skype is recommended. You – or someone near by – will probably need to set this up for them ahead of time and teach them how to use it. Doing this, can give you an idea of their health, just by looking at them; if they are deteriorating you will probably be able to get some kind of sense of it by seeing how they look on a regular basis and noting any dramatic changes that might occur. In this realm, you should also ensure your loved one is being regularly assessed and monitored by a geriatric care manager. He or she will also be able to set up services at home and ensure other services are being offered to the patient should the need arise.
Also, it’s a good idea to ensure there is someone nearby in case of emergency, or just for company; keep in touch with that person. From where you are though, you can be sure to have all their medical records up-to-date and on-hand should you need them.
Watch out for small clues – perhaps they didn’t wash their hair or the house is unkempt; did they pay all their bills as they usually do? – this will give you a clue as to whether you need to pay a visit.
It can be done. These days with the technology available, a lot can be achieved even when you are far away.