When your family member is dealing with the later stages of a chronic health issue, it’s helpful to have as many ways to communicate with her and with the outside world as possible. These tools can help you both to feel more secure.
A Cordless Phone with an External Speaker.
One of the problems that caregivers tend to run into when they need to call someone for help or even for advice can be that they’re tied to a phone. If you have a cordless phone that has an external speaker, this frees you up to move throughout the house. It also frees up your hands so that you can do whatever else you need to do while you’re talking to someone.
Cell Phones for Anyone Helping Your Family Member.
If anyone helps your family member with transportation needs, it’s vital that they have a way to call for help or to receive calls when someone needs to check in. They might have their own cell phones, but it can be difficult to juggle different phone numbers or possibly even to remember who is with your family member right then. A cell phone that travels with your senior is easy to use as the primary contact phone.
A Home Alarm System with Medical Components.
Home alarm systems are a great idea for general protection, of course, but they have other components that can be incredibly helpful for your family member. Fall monitoring can call for help if the system detects that your family member might have taken a tumble. Webcams can help you to check in on your family member when you can’t be there.
Intercoms, Walkie Talkies, or Baby Monitors.
Sometimes you or your family member might need to communicate with someone on the other side of the house. That’s where intercoms and other devices can come in handy. These give you a way to communicate, but they can be difficult for your family member to get to, especially if they’re mounted on the wall. Baby monitors work well also, but they’re one-way. Walkie talkies are an ideal answer as long as your family member can easily operate it on her own.
A Low Tech Way for Your Family Member to Ask for Help.
Your family member may need a way to alert you and hospice care providers that she needs help that doesn’t require technology, too. This is when it might be a good idea to have a bell or some other noise-making device handy so that she can use that instead.
Each situation is unique, of course, and you might find that some of the communication tools are more useful at some points in your family member’s hospice care. You might even find that using a combination of these tools gives everyone involved peace of mind.
If you or your aging loved one could benefit from Hospice Care in Bamberg, SC, contact the caring staff at Grove Park Hospice, (803) 536-6644
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