Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Caregiving When You Can't Be There

Bob (looking at my driver's license): Sue, why did you put that weight down on your license? You haven't been that weight (15-20 pounds more than I actually am) since you were pregnant with Erin (30 years ago).

Sue: I'm looking ahead.

Bob: You're looking ahead to what?

Sue: When I gain weight, I won't have to make changes on my license

Bob: But you may never weigh that much.

Sue: Yeah, but you never know. Besides, if I ever decide to commit a crime, they'll be looking for someone much heavier.

Bob (shaking his head): You know? You've been watching too much Law & Order.

Did you know that nowadays you can utilize your tv for more than just watching your favorite programs?

Certain companies help supervise the wellness of homebound elderly by using "smart house technology." Day to day habits may be revealed with or without intrusive cameras or microphones. Detectors are affixed to floor mats, chairs, walls, beds, and kitchen appliances. Gait monitors report a person's ability to get around. And many veterans are using "Health Buddy" which checks and communicates pulse, blood pressure, and lungs data.

Should you want peace of mind regarding the care of a loved one, check out these sites:

LifeAlert is endorsed by Dr. C. Everett Koop, M.D., former Surgeon General. This company supplies equipment for life-threatening medical, police, or fire emergencies. Lightweight, wireless, and waterproof monitors worn around the wrist or neck enable the user to contact LifeAlert operators who can summon for immediate aid.

GrandCare Systems uses the Internet and the senior's television to monitor wellness. Family and friends can send messages, reminders, calendar appointments, etc. on a dedicated, customized television channel.

ViTelCare Home Health Monitoring allows patients to use a touch-screen monitor to transfer health measurements with healthcare professionals who make medical adjustments based on the data inputted. Elderly facing ailments such as heart failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diabetes, Hypertension, Major Depressive Disorder can be observed closely.

Maybe you can prevent a catastrophe before it happens.

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