What do you know about digital health? Digital health is designed to create a more personalized, comprehensive experience with tracking medical conditions and making sure care needs are met. Part of digital health involves keeping medical records on a digital platform that both doctors and patients can easily access. Authorized family members can also access appointments and test results.
That’s just a start to the many reasons why digital health is a huge benefit to seniors. If you have an elderly parent who is aging at home, you must look into the apps and technology that help caregivers. Here are some of the services that help family caregivers and the seniors they care for.
Digital Health Devices.
Fitbit is one of the best known digital health trackers. The device is worn on the wrist. It provides a guide to how much exercise one has completed each day. It’s useful in recording pulse, sleeping patterns, and calories burned.
Tap into the line of iHealth products and you can also get your parents’ blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and blood oxygen measurements. Information tracked through this series of devices can be shared with doctors and caregivers via email.
Family Caregiving Apps.
Apps make it easy to share information and issue appointment and medication reminders. Take Welbi for example. This app collects information from the patient. It then takes that information and sends alerts to family members or caregivers. For example, if Welbi notices that the senior has been getting very little sleep for days in a row, it will alert people.
Carely is another app that helps family caregivers. You set up permissions to share information within the app. Once you’ve allowed a person into your circle, they can read your updates or add their own.
Say your brother took your mom to the beach with her grandchildren. Your brother can add photos to Carely for everyone to see. You can also share appointment times. After taking your mom or dad to an appointment, you can write a summary of what the doctor said for everyone to access.
Pairing Digital Health and Home Care.
Use digital health apps and devices to record vital information and share it with other members of the family. Knowing that your mom and dad’s activities and quick health screenings are completed, you’ll have peace of mind. Don’t rely on these programs and devices completely, however.
You’ll want to have a senior care professional spending time with your mom or dad each week. You might want to go for daily home care services. Not only do caregivers help with daily activities, but they also offer companionship.