When Caregivers Aren’t Around To Provide Care
Caregivers don’t get nearly enough credit for the work they do. They can handle household chores, prepare meals, manage medications and even speak to doctors and nurses on behalf of those that they care for. In some cases they really take on a lot of responsibilities and people become dependent on them. Normally it isn’t problem, but it can be.
If someone relies entirely on their caregiver, what are they to do if said caregiver fails to show up to their home one day. Would they be able to manage if their caregiver slept in one morning, forgot to show up or got into an accident? Many would, but that isn’t necessarily the case for everyone.
Currently, home care companies often have a system in place that allows them to be notified if one of their caregivers fails to arrive where they need to be on time, but it’s unlikely that there will be any kind of safety measures in place if someone’s caregiver is a friend or family member. It’s just assumed that they’ll be where they need to be when they need to be there, but things don’t always work out that way. Because of this, steps should be taken to ensure that someone in need of care isn’t left to fend for themselves if their caregiver fails to show up.
As already mentioned, dispensing medication is one of the things that caregivers are often tasked with. That’s fine, but problems can arise if a patient desperately needs to take certain pills at a specific time and their caregiver isn’t around to give them. Without the caregiver being present, the patient might not even think to take their pills. If they do, they might take the wrong ones or take too few or too many. Any of these possible outcomes could have serious consequences.
The concern about someone in need of care not taking their medication as needed if someone isn’t there to assist them is actually something that can be dealt with. The solution to the problem is RxPense. It’s a personal medication dispensing and remote monitoring device that can be programmed to dole out medication in specific quantities and exact times. It uses visual, audible and vibration prompts to notify the patient to take their medicine. If a dose is missed for whatever reason, caregivers are notified. Having one of these machines available to a patient reduces their reliance on a caregiver and also encourages medication compliance, which in turn can prolong life and increase quality time spent at home.
Though they can sometimes come off as superhuman, caregivers are just regular people like the rest of us, susceptible to memory lapses, mistakes and all the rest of life’s little inconveniences. Being human, it’s probably best that we not put someone is a position where they’re fully dependent on them if it can be avoided. RxPense definitely helps with that.