Resources for Caregivers by LuciLife

Becoming a caregiver

According to the AARP there are currently 40 million caregivers in the United States providing around 37 billions hours of care each year. Since our aging population is living longer, as well as a rise in chronic illnesses that require assistance, caregivers are needed now more than ever before.

Because of science and technological advances, those with severe disabilities are living longer as well, and our loved one’s medical treatment plans are becoming increasingly complex. Americans are also having children later, meaning some people are also in the position to have to be both a caregiver for an aging relative, and a mother or father to children still in the home.

Luckily, technology has also allowed LuciLife to provide high-tech solutions for these common issues from wearable pendants to home-based devices.

Peace of mind for you, independence for them

Allowing an elderly loved one to age in their own home is a tough decision. Allowing a certain level of independence while making sure they are still safe in their home is a delicate balancing act. Here are a few ways LuciLife helps you maintain your own peace of mind, while allowing your loved ones to age in their home and still have some independence.

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Always available

With 24/7 monitoring and trained personnel available at the touch of a button, LuciLife can be there for a loved one even if you can’t be.

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Stay updated

LuciLife can send you text updates or call you if your loved one has fallen, had a medical emergency, or wandered from home.

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Be Looped In

If there is a medical emergency, LuciLife can call you and connect you with paramedics on the scene (or other emergency personnel) to make sure you are aware of your loved one’s condition.

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Track Loved Ones

LuciLife allows you to set up a digital fence around your home or neighborhood that still allows independence for those prone to getting lost or wandering, but provides you with a text alert or call if your loved one travels outside of that area.

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Provide Peace of Mind

LuciLife provides peace-of-mind for you and your entire family. It allows you to breathe easy if you need to work overtime, go out of town, or even just run to the store by knowing your loved ones are protected by state-of-the-art technology and 24/7 monitoring.

Is it time for a medical alert system?

  • Worry
    Are you constantly worried about a loved one? The peace of mind from a medical alert system can provide you with confidence about letting a loved one age in their own home.
  • Wandering
    With 6 out of 10 dementia patients prone to wandering, not to mention the confusion about once-familiar places, wandering and getting lost can be a big issue.
  • Previously fallen
    Of the elderly who have fallen in the past year, half of them fall two (or more) times. A previous fall places your loved one at higher risk for another fall.
  • Balance Issues
    Every 11 seconds, a senior is treated in an emergency room for fall-related injuries. Balance issues from physical disabilities, failing eyesight, medication, stairs in the home, and even pets increase the risk of a fall.
  • Living alone
    Living alone can delay help for loved ones who fall. Shockingly, if help does not arrive within the first hour of a fall, 62% of seniors won’t be able to live independently afterwards.
  • Socially isolated
    Those who may not have a support system in place (or people who regularly check on them) may wait longer for help in the event of a fall or other medical emergency.

Help! I’m feeling overwhelmed!

 

Between work and family obligations, the financial burden of caring for a loved one, and the emotional toll of having a loved one dependent on you can easily overwhelm anyone. While LuciLife can provide support for your loved one in an emergency, as a caregiver, it’s important to remember to seek out resources for yourself as well.

Caregiver Action Network is a non-profit organization that provides resources for caregivers, a newsletter, instructional training videos to help you better care for your loved one, and a peer network to connect with other caregivers.
> www.caregiveraction.org

Family Caregiver Alliance’s Online Caregiver Support Group is an online-based support group for caregivers. It’s a great way to connect with other people who know exactly what you’re going through and to help you adapt to your new responsibilities as a caregiver.
> www.caregiver.org

Lotsa Helping Hands allows caregivers to organize help privately by creating a group calendar where family and friends can sign up for tasks like bringing a meal, mowing the grass, taking a loved one to a doctor’s appointment. This free resource also allows you to send out requests for help to friends and family, as well as update them on your loved one.
> www.lotsahelpinghands.com

Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving is an online resource that provides education and training for both overburdened professional caregivers and family caregivers. This resources provides general caregiving information, academic programs, books on caregiving, and advocacy for caregivers.
> www.rosalynncarter.org