Memory Care Technology: Supportive Solutions

Memory Care Technology: Supportive Solutions

September 15, 2023 | Health

Memory Care Technology: Supportive Solutions

It’s no secret that technology has proven helpful in all different areas worldwide. Believe it or not, it has become a trusted companion in Memory Care. The tools and resources enhance the lives of individuals with cognitive disabilities by improving memory recall, communication, safety, and engagement.  

Memory Care has taken a significant leap forward in supporting individuals’ independence and paving the way for them to have a more enriching experience beyond diagnosis. These solutions lead to a more personalized care plan for each resident, their family and friends, and the healthcare team. 

Several types of technology used in Memory Care help navigate daily life with ease for both loved ones and their families. Here are the top 5: 

1. Reminder devices

Reminder and prompting devices are beneficial as they can be customized to provide visual and auditory alerts for various tasks. Managing medication and attending appointments are essential things that must be kept track of.

Using screens or voice prompts, they can restore important information, such as names, addresses, and phone numbers in digital calendars and voice activates smart speakers. Make sure to set any notifications to a calm, quiet setting. People with cognitive disabilities can be overwhelmed by loud and unfamiliar noises.

2. Cognitive stimulation apps and games

You’ll find a wide variety of apps available for download on smartphones, tablets, and computer programs that are easily accessible. Using technology like this may feel overwhelming for older adults in Memory Care, but with a bit of patience and practice, it’ll be another helpful tool that can be used to their advantage.

A wide range of apps can be downloaded to smartphones or tablets, and computer programs are designed to stimulate the brain and help with memory loss. These tools often include memory exercises such as puzzles and matching games.

3. GPS location

Tracking can be a loaded approach, as we want our loved ones to feel independent. Although, wandering is common for those with difficulty recalling and overall cognitive abilities. Having a way to be aware of where a resident is when needed reduces the stress and anxiety of such an uncertain situation.

Wearable accessories have been created for those in memory care to have on their person so families and caregivers can ensure their safety. One of the most common is a smartwatch. They are worn right on their person and used as a location device if their whereabouts become unknown.

4. Virtual Reality (VR) therapy

VR is still a relatively new concept, and getting your hands on a device can be challenging. It can create immersive and interactive environments that stimulate familiar places or trigger positive memories.

You can even create a slideshow of friends and family and include old photos or videos. A form of therapy like this can help reduce anxiety and improve overall moods. There are also games to try out but be weary of bright lights, loud noises, and any other aspects that can be overstimulating.

5. Telehealth and remote monitoring

Telehealth services are especially beneficial for healthcare providers. They can remotely monitor and provide the necessary, individualized care for those who need it. Virtual consultations and appointments have become trendier outside of Memory Care too.

It enables timely interventions and reduces the need for physical visits if that is a challenge for your loved one. Easy access to healthcare services is not only more convenient but comforting.

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