Teaching Technology to Seniors

Top Trends for Elderly Care Technology in 2021

Teaching Technology to Seniors

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In 2020, our home care services’ experts saw firsthand how vital the role of technology is in the lives of older adults. As we kick off 2021 and encounter the challenges of the new year, health and wellbeing are at the forefront of how we consider elderly care technology. In 2021, it’s anticipated that these technology trends will be the ones to consider.

 

Video Conferencing Software

The necessity of staying connected when we can’t physically be near our loved ones has been a lesson learned for people of all ages in 2020, and is even more essential for aging adults. Products like Zoom, Skype, and Google Chat allow seniors to keep in touch with their friends and family, join virtual book clubs, social groups or classes, and help counter feelings of isolation and loneliness. Additionally, as online health care appointments increase in popularity among both health professionals and patients, apps such as FaceTime and Skype are taking the place of telemedicine platforms to provide more convenience for older individuals.

Alexa Care Hub

“Alexa, check in on Mom!” As part of Amazon’s hospitality suite, the Alexa Care Hub is helpful for older adults who live alone or in a community living setting. With capabilities that help caregivers track activity and quickly contact the seniors in their care, the Alexa Care Hub introduces new capabilities in addition to its standard voice assistant offerings. Currently, Amazon Echo devices are used in senior living communities and residential homes throughout the U.S. with expectations for a spike in demand. The Alexa Care Hub takes it a step further with medication reminders, individualized alerts, and numerous features that enable older adults to preserve self-reliance while delivering assurance to their loved ones.

Meditation and Mindfulness Apps

Not simply a trend for millennials, meditation and mindfulness apps can help increase both focus and sleep, and help older adults build the skills necessary to let go of stress and feelings of anxiety. Apps like Headspace, Calm, and The Mindfulness App enable users to personalize meditation programs to best meet their needs, giving older adults the opportunity to establish a personalized habit. Meditation has even been associated with improving both long and short term memory, decreasing loneliness, and improving cognitive function.

Smart Home Devices

From home security systems to ovens to medication organizers, there appears to be a smart version of almost every household object these days — and we can expect to see more smart tools on the market in 2021. While smart devices are becoming ubiquitous in our everyday lives, it’s important to consider the ways that these voice- and motion-enabled programs allow seniors to remain independent throughout their day. With this in mind, we expect to see more smart home products designed to meet the needs of older populations while keeping the look and feel of your favorite technology devices.

At Endeavor In-Home Care, connecting with older adults both online and in-person to counter loneliness and isolation are at the core of our mission and beliefs. We see the role elderly care technology plays in this mission and welcome seniors and their family caregivers to contact our senior care team. Call us at 480-498-2324 and let us show you how our caregivers in Gilbert, AZ and surrounding areas can brighten each day for the seniors in your life. For more information on all of the different areas we serve in Arizona, please visit our Service Area page.

 

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How Feasible Is it Really to Work from Home as a Caregiver?

Working from home may be a solution to your work/life balance problem as a caregiver. But you have to go into it prepared.

 

Carve out Your Own Space

The biggest part of having success while working from home is to have a physical space which you can devote just to yourself and to your work. If this space has a door, that’s even better. You’re going to need an area that you can lay claim to that is just for you to work from when you’re on the clock. Smaller homes can make this difficult, as can larger families. It might be necessary to move some things around to find that one spot just for you.

 

Get Clear on Your Duties

There are plenty of jobs that you can do from home seamlessly. Much of the duties that you perform at a desk job, for instance, can be done remotely via email and telephone. This isn’t true for every job, of course, but your employer may be willing and able to make some adjustments to your duties in order to help you work from home. Get as clear as you possibly can about what your new job duties will require so you can take the next step.

 

You’ll Need a Plan

Working from home requires a plan so that you can meet the needs of every aspect of your life, including as an employee and as a caregiver. Your plan is never going to be perfect and you might find that you have to tweak it in order to get things right. That’s okay. It’s all a part of acclimating to your new reality. Take the time to set up a plan for how you’ll handle interruptions, what hours you’ll be working, and anything else that you can think of that might affect your ability to work.

 

You’ll Also Need Some Extra Help

One of the aspects that you’ll need to plan for is how you’ll handle it when your senior needs help, but you’re busy working. You could just go ahead and remain available to your elderly family member no matter what, but that may not be something that is reasonable. Hiring senior care providers during your working hours ensures that you’re able to work uninterrupted and your aging adult has someone to help her.

Ultimately it’s up to you and your employer as to whether working from home will meet your needs as a caregiver as well as your company’s needs. More and more companies are on board with offering flexible options, so it’s worth exploring whether this might be something that solves issues for you.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering a Caregiver in Gilbert, AZ, please contact the caring staff at Endeavor Home Care today. Call  (480) 535-6800.

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Great Reasons to Make Smoothies for Seniors

Your elderly relative needs well-balanced meals and wholesome snacks to stay as healthy as possible. However, when illness, injury, chronic conditions and diseases rob your loved one of their ability to live independently, they must rely on you as a family caregiver and on providers of elderly care Chandler area families trust to help them, especially with meals.

One way that you can ensure your aging relative is getting the nutrients they need is by making healthy smoothies for elderly adults. You won’t go wrong with making delicious and healthy smoothies for your elderly relative on a regular basis.

Here are just a few of the reasons why smoothies are so great for seniors:

Smoothies are All Natural

Smoothies contain completely natural ingredients because they are made only with fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy liquids. Family caregivers and home care providers can vary the flavors to suit their elderly relative’s tastes. Whether they are served as a delicious and filling snack or as part of a meal, smoothies really do provide a lot of benefits to seniors.

Smoothies are Easy to Make

Family caregivers and home care providers don’t have to be great chefs to make smoothies. Common fruits are melon, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, mangos, peaches, and pineapple. Good vegetable additions include avocado, sweet potato, beets, kale, spinach, and zucchini. Add a liquid like fruit juice, milk, almond milk, coconut water, yogurt or even just water to make it just right. Smoothies are an excellent way to get in a few servings of fruits and vegetables into an aging adult’s daily diet.

Smoothies are Healthy

These delicious beverages deliver an array of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to an elderly person’s body with every sip. Smoothies are full of fiber because they retain the elements of the whole fruit and vegetable. Fiber helps seniors feel fuller and makes digestion easier. From Vitamin A to zinc, family caregivers and home care providers can adjust ingredients to deliver the nutrients the aging adult needs.

Smoothies are Affordable

Most seniors are on a fixed budget and family members and home care providers need to get the most value for the grocery dollars. Fresh fruit in season is incredibly affordable, which makes smoothies an ideal addition to an aging adult’s menu. Home care providers can also help seniors chop up in-season fruit and freeze it for several months, so there’s always smoothie ingredients available.

Instead of buying processed snacks and sugar-laden drinks, consider preparing all-natural smoothies for your elderly relative to enjoy. Not only are they tasty and refreshing, but they provide important health benefits. Your loved one can enjoy a smoothie and boost their health at the same time.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering elderly care in Chandler, AZ or the surrounding areas, please contact the caring staff at Endeavor Home Care today. Call  (480) 535-6800.