The caregiver cares for our sick and weak, but who cares for the caregiver? We have been told by many users that Alfred reassures them their family are in good hands, but how do things look on the other side? Betty, a caregiver, told us how Alfred helps her with her patients.
I work as a caregiver for an agency that supplies hospital patients with caregivers. If the patients need some help to get back on their feet, their family can ask the hospital, which in turn contacts the agency to send a caregiver. I take care of the patients until they are discharged. Depending on the patient's condition, I have a new one every few days.
A job like this is almost a 24/7 one. My meal breaks are short, as I cannot leave the patient’s side for too long. Some patients are stable and clear, so I can tell them that I am quickly going to get some food. Others are confused or very ill, which makes my short meal run a nerve-wrecking one.
I was told there are some apps that can help me keep an eye on my patients when I have to leave their side. I found some of them, but pairing devices was a headache and I had problems getting them to work. Then I saw Alfred and decided to give it a go. Alfred turned out to be an amazing app! It is so easy to set up. In a few clicks, it is done. I turn on motion detection, so I know whether I have a few minutes to spare or I have to get back to the room as fast as I can. I also build a trust circle with the family. That way, they can see how the patient is doing, and they know someone is always watching.
Speaking to Betty was an enlightening experience. Too often we forget those in the service industry are also flesh and blood. They too need a breather from time to time. In a sector where under-staffing and overworking are becoming the norm, we are glad that Alfred can help them reduce the stress factor. Every little bit helps!
DIY Care Cam Makes Caregiving Easier
There is an increasing need for elderly care in today’s world. Most people’s goal is living independently for as long as they can. Eventually, some form of help might be needed. Be it home care, assisted living, memory care, nursing home, skilled nursing, home health aides, Home Health Agencies, in-home help, or retirement home, a DIY care cam will help reinforce emotional support as well as offering the family some peace of mind.
Just because aging is an inevitable process doesn’t mean nothing can make it a little easier! Besides looking into wheelchair ramp, grocery deliveries, Meals on Wheels, and bathroom rails, a senior care cam can facilitate independent living. The family can say hi, make sure they are doing fine, as well as offering immediate response should they need help.
User Michael Silvan said:" Alfred help me take care of my 99 year old grandmother after she broke her hip. I was able to move around the house work outside and have constant contact with her. And if she needed me all she had to do was call out. When I was sleeping and she was stirring it would wake me up and I could go in and check on her."
If you are caring for someone with dementia symptoms, Alzheimer’s, or memory loss, this video surveillance app can be indispensable as the Camera keeps track of when they eat, when they take medication, if there has been an accident or fall, or whether they have done something potentially dangerous.
User Richie Horn said:" Perfect for my needs Using the app to monitor my 88-years old Dad who has some dementia but loves living in his own home. App is an additional element to his support to ensure all is well when I am not with him."
Health and access to medical care are the biggest concerns for the elderly. Nowadays, smartphones can be transformed into heart rate monitors, devices for parental control, or a GPS tracker that helps locate missing persons. They can also make caregiving easier by turning into a senior care cam. This helps reduce the feeling of loneliness, manage their daily routine, and respond to emergency situations.
Rather than immediately resorting to Comfort Keepers, Alfred can be helpful for senior care especially for those who don’t have long-term care insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare. If Visiting Angels, skilled nursing, in-home help, or home health aides are hired, you can check in on them with Alfred. If they are in a nursing home, memory care, or retirement home, adjustment might be an issue. They might throw a tantrum because they feel uneasy. You can offer emotional support by talking to them, remind them where they might have placed something, or make sure they have all the assistance they need!
You can also prevent elder abuse with Alfred. If you suspect a family member or caregiver is abusive, you can gather evidence with Alfred. The footage Alfred records can be presented as evidence. Likewise, caregivers can build a sense of trust with the family with Alfred. User Jacqueline Thomas said: ”While I installed Alfred to ensure my job security, it fosters trust between me and the patient’s family. I give them camera access so that they can check on the patient as well as the interactions. It makes us a team.”
If your loved ones need home care, install Alfred to gain some peace of mind!