kMarla, a 70-year-old grandmother of three has started using email in the past couple of years to keep in touch with her granddaughter who is a freshman in college. Marla has also found that Facebook is a fun way to see what the rest of her family is up to and that there are a wealth of old recipes accessible through her home computer. And Marla’s not the only one!
According to a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, a growing number of senior citizens are becoming open to the idea of technology, including the use of the internet and cell phones. In fact, the data released in the study, titled “Older Adults and Technology Use” reports that while 41% of Americans over the age of 65 don’t regularly use the internet – 59% do! This figure is up nearly 6% from a previous study conducted in 2012, meaning that technology use is trending upward in the senior community, even if it is at a slower rate than within younger age groups.
Incorporating Technology Into Eldercare
One take away from such studies is that beyond being used for communication and entertainment, technology may be becoming a more readily accepted tool in the elder care process. With advancements in home care software and home care systems, seniors will likely continue to see an increase in the use of technology in their care, and developing a trust in technology can help to improve experiences with it across the board.
For example, a home care software or home care system, such as ClearCare Online, can be used to help monitor and manage a senior’s care through an in-home care agency. With care needs, task reminders and caregiver clock-ins and clock-outs managed via the home care system or home care software, seniors can begin to see how such a technologically driven tool can help to ensure they have care when they need it, don’t miss a medication or keep caregivers in touch with family.
Savvy seniors can also use technology to monitor their own care, or that of a spouse, with the use of a home care system like ClearCare Online. A unique family portal housed securely within the home care software allows seniors to log in and see upcoming home care visits, view past invoices and track medications on file. All of this with the help of technology.
While seniors may not be taking and posting “selfies,” there’s no doubt that technology is playing an every growing role in the lives of seniors, and with technologies like ClearCare Online’s home care software, that role can be a positive one.