The top 5 essential gadgets for carers
If you are looking after someone who is no longer physically or mentally capable of looking after themselves, this responsibility could pose a broad array of challenges. However, you could ease many of those difficulties with the use of the right equipment.
The following gadgets can help carers better handle people suffering progressive or neurocognitive health conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer’s or cancer.
With this kind of alarm in your loved one’s bedroom, you can be alerted whenever it detects them moving in this room. This can be crucial if the person is prone to epileptic fits or falling off their bed.
Such an alarm can also help you avoid issues arising from someone getting up during the night for a bathroom trip – or someone suffering from dementia trying to leave the house at inopportune times.
Devices with large buttons
Older people can often struggle to see – and also, therefore, use – the small buttons and controls on modern mobile phones and remotes due to failing eyesight.
However, you can buy alternative devices with buttons large enough for patients to see – enabling them to fulfil tasks as simple as phoning someone such as you.
Another way of keeping track of unexpected walkabouts made by a person living with dementia is giving them a bracelet-like device known as a dementia tracker.
This little device can keep you informed of your loved one’s location, which you could also ask the police to monitor in more urgent situations.
As dementia continues to adversely affect a person’s brain function, they could falter in their efforts to keep track of the time and date. Standard clocks and calendars could soon seem too complex for them to read, perhaps leading them to have difficulty distinguishing between day and night.
However, it’s possible to purchase a “day clock” which indicates the time with a single, easy-to-comprehend sentence – like “Now it’s Thursday morning”.
Bulbs which mimic natural sunlight
Dementia can sap levels of serotonin, the feel-good brain chemical; however, a lack of daylight can even further worsen that punishing effect.
One solution to the problem is installing, in the patient’s most commonly-used rooms, bulbs which replicate organic sunlight and so boost serotonin levels. Nonetheless, such bulbs should be ommitted from the bedroom, where a soothing and non-stimulating environment is necessary.