The concept of developing a group of products to be used by family caregivers grew out of the prophetic remarks made by Roslyn Carter nearly a decade ago. She said it best when describing the scope of caregivers in the USA.
“There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers. “
Medication Call Reminder (MCR) — The first is an automated dialing program to remind the person in care when it’s time to take their medications (up to 5 times a day) 7 days a week. If by phone, it can uniquely employ the voice of the caregiver (or provider) to deliver the message along with text-to-speech. The caregiver or provider also receives a text message when the person in care acknowledges taking the medication; when they haven’t been able to be reached after five minutes of the scheduled call or if the person asks for help.
The COVID pandemic focused a spotlight on several shortcomings in our care system for the elderly. Chief among these failings is the isolation felt as a result of visits from family and friends being restricted and then postponed in their entirety. Large numbers of seniors became severely depressed, even to the point of significantly increase rates of suicide. We developed Kinder Reminder (KR) to send phone messages to loved ones and use the voice of the caregiver or provider in the message but just to say something kind–not to notify times for medication.
The Holistic Caregiver Coach
Ask Kim, the Holistic Caregiver Coach. This online Q and A provides caregivers an opportunity online to ask a caregiving expert about their most challenging problems and get an answer back within 24 hours.
This must caregiving aid provides the caregiver with an opportunity to store all important information about the loved one for whom they care in one easy pre-formatted record book. It keeps appointments, medications, doctor visits, appointment information and all of one’s personal information up-to-date and easily accessible for reference anytime.
Alliance of Long-Distance
The Alliance of Long-Distance Family Caregivers provides advice & services to family members throughout the United States who are in charge of the care of loved ones that they cannot visit on a regular basis. Membership in ALDFC gives access to a medication adherence system, online caregiver coach and other valuable services for long distance caregivers.