Technology can improve a loved ones independence

What options do you have if an aging parent or loved one needs assistance but is not quite ready to move? Technology can be a great personal assistant.
With products like Samsung's wireless security cameras with two-way audio, you can periodically check in, and even talk with them, remotely. Alerts can be established and send notifications when activity happens based on set criteria. 

Doorbells like Ring come equipped with cameras and two-way audio as well. In fact, Ring now offers smart lighting, video doorbells, stick -up cameras, and whole-home security kits, all with the ability to be monitored remotely. Even better, with integrated systems, you can remotely monitor whether a door opens between certain hours, and call for assistance if needed. This works great for someone suffering from dementia that has a tendency to wander off.

Worried about food shopping? Services like Plated, Home Fresh, and Blue Apron can handle that for you too. You can have food delivered right to their door. Here is a list of some of the options out there. 

The Hartford Funds provided some additional insight on how technology can assist caregivers. Check out their suggestions here.
Caregivers can ease their schedule a bit by using technology and food delivery services to help manage care remotely.  These services also allow loved ones to remain more independent for a longer period of time.

Michelle Kuehner is a Registered Investment Advisor Representative and President of Personal Money Planning. She is also a Certified Credit Counselor and Certified Financial Health Counselor, writes Fix Your Budget blog, and has over 25 years of experience in the financial industry.

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