By Clémentine Sicard
While many people wish to take care of their aging loved ones at home for as long as possible, they must have the resources and knowledge necessary to do so. UC Davis is using technology to bring this expertise into the homes of caregivers everywhere as part of its Healthy Aging in a Digital World Big Idea.
For this Big Idea project, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing’s Family Caregiving Institute has teamed up with AARP to launch the Home Alone Alliance – an educational resource to support family caregivers. Their How-To Video Series and resource guides are easily accessible, free, and available in both English and Spanish.
The training videos provide family caregivers with instructions on specific medical and nursing tasks that they may need to perform while caring for loved ones. The collection includes more than 20 videos on topics such as medication management, wound care and mobility challenges – examples include “Giving Insulin Injections,” “What to Do When Someone Falls,” and “Treatment of Skin Tears.”
With this project, researchers at UC Davis are dedicated to creating modern-day solutions to support and train family caregivers. It’s one of the many ways our experts are working to build a world that enables people to age well, in the comfort of their own homes.