Skype, FaceTime, iPads and tablets, smart phones and iPhones, webcams, the internet: all of these programs and tools can span the miles and give a real-time picture of how things really are, instead of simply hearing things like, “I’m fine” or “Everything’s OK” on the other end of the phone.
There are also hundreds of thousands of computer-based resources for caregivers and seniors, blogs, websites and search engines that offer advice on choosing care and help in finding the right community or provider. Support groups and forums for asking questions are also valuable tools for the caregiver. Twitter chats, such as our bi-monthly #ElderCareChat, are a great place for caregivers and care professionals to connect.
Here is one example of how you can use technology to make a care decision: if your father needs home care or is interested in assisted living, get online and search for options in his geographic area (and in his price range). Compile a list of 5-10 possibilities. If he uses email, send them for his review. Then, get on Skype to discuss and view them online together.
This is just one of many possibilities. In what ways has your family utilized technology to help make a care decision?