Study Finds Family Caregivers Want Web-Based and Mobile Technologies to Help Care for Senior Loved Ones

Caregivers are beginning to recognize that technology can provide significant benefits both to themselves and their care recipient, helping them to be more effective as caregivers, saving time and money, and reducing stress.

Health records, web-based care coordination programs, and devices to help with medications were rated by family caregivers as among the most helpful technologies, according to findings from a study entitled The e-Connected Family Caregiver: Bringing Caregiving into the 21st Century study, released  by the National Alliance for Caregiving and UnitedHealthcare.

Other technologies ranked helpful by caregivers included symptom monitor transmitters, Wii type TV-based programs providing interactive physical, mental and leisure activities for seniors, and video monitoring systems that allow caregivers to monitor the well being of their senior loved ones from a distance.

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