Dec 01, 2015 - 01:51 PM
Technology can certainly play a role in providing assistive aid in the home, but you cannot expect it to completely replace a human. Our agency frequently augments personal care with a technological solution. IE: medication dispensers, fall detectors, video monitoring, etc. In many cases, a technolical solution can be implemented that will extend services. For instance, an individual may receive assistance for a few hours each day from a caregiver, but needs to maintain a strict 24 hour medication regimen. As there may not be another family member or friend that can reliably verify the medication is taken, a monitored medication dispenser would be a good solution. Since the system is monitored, if the medicine is not taken from the machine when the alarm sounds, it will notify a central station, and a call will be placed to the client to see if there is a problem. Of course this is not as personal as if a caregiver were providing the reminders, but works tirelessly 24 hours per day and is very affordable. In a case such as this, technology "extends" the personal care.