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National Family Caregivers Month: "Supercharge Your Caregiving"

B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. recognizes November as National Family Caregivers Month. These tips shared by the Caregiver Action Network will help you "Supercharge Your Caregiving":

Think Safety First

If your elderly loved one is aging at home, safety and security is your first priority. You can't be there with them every minute of the day. But all sorts of gadgets can help keep them safe, maintain their independence, and relieve some of your worries. Wearable sensors can monitor a patient and contact family members if their loved one falls or if an emergency occurs. Smart homes and smart locks can help, too.

Unlock the Power of Medical Records

Information is power, and caregiver access to online patient medical records is getting easier and more powerful every day. With online patient portals you can get your loved one's health and insurance information how and when you need it. Join the millions of family caregivers who have already accessed their loved one's online medical records to improve care.

Master the Medications

One of your most important daily responsibilities is managing medications - making sure they are taken properly and on time, getting refills, and watching for side effects. Your loved one may have more than one illness and have to take several medications. Tech tools are an easy, safe way to track your loved one's meds and make caregiving a bit less stressful.

Unleash the Power of Apps

Caregiving is overwhelming and you simply can't do it all by yourself. Luckily, there are many apps and tools that can help caregivers do almost anything from A to Z. Check your loved one's vital signs. Locate them with GPS if they wander off. Get healthy eating plans at the touch of a button. Or connect with caregiver support groups and online communities. Use apps to streamline your tasks so you can get a break and take a few minutes to recharge your own batteries.

B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. offers resources and supportive programs for family members caring for aging relatives. For more information, please call 1-800-982-4346.

 

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B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging; the United Way of Bradford County; the United Way of Susquehanna County; the Lycoming County United Way; and the Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga County Commissioners.

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