According to Julie Menack and Dr. David Lindeman in their new chapter on GCM Technology ,in Handbook of Geriatric Care Management 4th edition ,senior transportation has been revolutionized by technology.
New technology-enabled services and programs are emerging that are creating significant new opportunities for older adults and their family caregivers. Ride sharing services such as Lyft and Uber are reducing the cost and increasing accessibility for individuals to improve socialization and improve access to care and services.
Variations of these programs have begun in California through Lift Hero and Silverride, that provide scheduled pickups and specially trained drivers. In the foreseeable future, the greatest game changer that care managers should monitor will be self-driving cars. This technology breakthrough will result in significant independence for older adults and greater support for family caregivers.
Dr. David Lindeman and Julie Menack, in their new chapter on Technology in the Handbook of Geriatric Care Management 4th edition offered 5 steps to choose the right technology fr aging clients.. Here are 4 and 5
4. Follow-up problem solving: Schedule follow-up visits and/or contacts to determine if the technology is being used appropriately.
·4. Evaluation: Determine whether the initial goal has been met, and if not, evaluate whether additional training is required or if the technology should be modified or removed.
Potential impediments to technology implementation should be kept in mind during this process. The care manager should anticipate that many clients are not familiar with specific technologies, have not used new technologies (including smart phones), and may not be comfortable with technology in general.
Even more fundamentally, clients may resist the use of technology because they are in denial that they need care or may resent the loss of independence that the technology signifies, and thus may try to sabotage or avoid using it.
A client’s limitations, such as physical impairment (e.g., vision, hearing loss), technical difficulty, and impaired cognitive ability may limit the use of some technologies, but support from a care provider can easily help overcome some of these limitations. Consideration should also be given to balancing a client’s need for privacy, autonomy, and dignity with the usefulness of certain aging in place technologies.
Mary Hulme has written a e book that all aging life or geriatric care managers should buy. In fact all aging professional who want to use to aging technology for clients- but have no idea what to use for who- should buy this book
Mary received her MSW from UC Berkeley , as I did, and told me she comes from a person centered point of view. So her book shows you how to look at the level of care first then the technology and make a ridiculously complicated decision easy – Aging professionals just start with what thy know, geriatric assessment and then choose the right technology.
The information provided in the e-book would be helpful to anyone who is interested in utilizing non-intrusive measures to “keep an eye on” an older person who lives alone.
One reviewer of the e-book wrote “an impressive and exhaustive review of activity-tracking options for families and elders as they consider tools to help loved ones live independently longer
Check out the book, written with Richard Caro “Caring from Afar: a Guide to Home Sensor Systems for Aging Parents” on Amazon for further info!
The 4th edition of the Handbook of Geriatric Care Management will be coming out in the fall of 2015. Dr. David Lindeman, the head of the Center for Aging and Technology, at UC Berkeley is the author of the new chapter on
Assessing and Supporting Aging in Place Through Technology. As Aging Technology has exploded in the past year, will have crucial tips for geriatric care managers to become for literate in aging technology and help their clients remain at home.