Technology and the Caregiver: New Survey Looks to Identify How Tech Solutions Can Aid Caregiving

WOBURN, Mass. – November 26, 2021 – In honor of National Caregivers MonthEarlySense®, the market leader in contact-free continuous monitoring solutions, today announced a new survey it is putting into the field, to gain insights from caregivers about the use of technology in home healthcare settings.

Titled “Caregiving and Technology: Better Support for In-home Care,” the 3-minute survey delves into various aspects related to the challenges of caregiving – and how technology is used to alleviate the complex stressors related to being a caregiver.

“Caregivers increasingly rely on technology to help with medication management, to get information on a treatment or diagnosis, to find support, and to search for services,” said Gail Gibson Hunt, President and CEO, National Alliance for Caregiving. “In-home technologies offer new means for caregivers to coordinate healthcare services across providers, to manage treatments, and to keep track of the various activities of daily living they may be required to do to care for their friend or family member.”

According to the Caregiver Action Network, more than 53 million Americans care for loved ones at home with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age, and the average number of hours family caregivers provide is 20 hours per week, with 13 percent of caregivers providing 40 or more hours per week. 

“Caregivers are the backbone of our society – and that role has both expanded and become more challenging because of the pandemic,” said Terry Duesterhoeft, Chief Product Officer of EarlySense. “We know that in-home technology solutions can step in and alleviate some of the concerns caregivers have around the health and well-being of their loved ones – and the goal of this survey is to dig a little deeper into how we can better accomplish that as an industry.”

Designed to quickly assess how technology can aid in the caregiving process, the survey focuses on:

  • Type of caregiving required;
  • Technology used to assist in the caregiving process; and
  • How technology impacts the peace of mind for caregivers.

Launched as part of the activities surrounding National Caregivers Month, the survey will run through the end of 2021, with results announced in early 2022.

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