At times, juggling career and caregiving duties can feel overwhelming — and it can be emotionally challenging to leave your loved one at home while you head out for work. These work-life balance tips for communicating with seniors will help you stay in touch with your loved one throughout the day.
You’ve Got E-Mail
If you have access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone, e-mail is a great way to keep in touch with your senior. Spend some time at home teaching her how to send and receive e-mails, and have her practice by exchanging a few with you or any other tech-savvy loved ones. Then, you can keep in touch with her, and ensure she has another way to tell you she’s doing well. Try to enlarge the font size on her computer or tablet if she needs it so that she can read text with ease.
If your loved one likes texting (and if it’s OK with your employer), you can keep this line of communication open for whenever he feels like reaching out. If size is an issue when it comes to technology, get your loved one a cell phone with a big screen and large buttons that are easy to read. Better yet, you can get him a tablet computer, as they are easier to read and have touch-screen functionality which can be easier to use — particularly if he has arthritis. Don’t forget to set up third-party methods of communication, such as a medical alert system that your senior can use to contact you and a response center in an emergency. All the technological options on the market give you plenty of choices, so you can find what works best for you and the members of your family.
Pick Up the Phone
Don’t forget about the old-fashioned phone call. Whether your loved one prefers to use his landline or is comfortable with new smartphone technology, this is a great way to keep in touch, hear his voice, and find out if there’s anything he needs while you’re away. Try setting up prearranged times to talk during your breaks to avoid interference with your job performance and to give your loved one a sense of routine.
By following work-life balance tips such as these, you can keep in touch with your senior all day — giving you both a greater sense of security and more peace of mind.
There are many ways that technology can aid seniors and caregivers. One of them is Philips Lifeline’s new GPS-enabled GoSafe medical alert system, which gives seniors 24/7 access to support and uses six locating technologies to help support seniors’ safety, anytime, anywhere.
*Coverage outside the home provided where AT&T wireless network coverage is available.