John and Diane have lived together since he became housebound with mobility issues and other long term conditions. He has low communication skills and finds it hard to get involved in conversations.
She says: “Life has changed completely for me since my dad was diagnosed and I became his full time carer. I left a full-time job, gave up a relationship and have dealt with massive financial pressures since then.”
Before introducing Alexa into her home Diane needed to set over 20 reminders and alarms on her phone prompting her to remind John to take his tablets and complete daily exercises. If she was away from the house for any reason she would have to find a quiet place to call him and remind him to take them, and then call after to check he had taken them. John takes 17 tablets a day.
Diane had basic digital skills and could navigate social media but mainly used digital technology to remind her Dad to take his medication.
Following another carer’s recommendation, she installed the Alexa in their home.
She has programmed all of his medication, exercise and appointment reminders into the Alexa app so it now reminds her Dad to do these daily routines. Diane has personalised the reminders so Alexa will ask him 5 minutes after each reminder if he has taken them.
She says: “I can’t tell you how great it is. I don’t feel like a broken record anymore because I can talk to my dad and chat about other things other than just asking him to do these tasks all day. When I speak to him he can be chatting about a memory or we can laugh about something on the TV. Using these reminders and features of Alexa has been life-changing.”