Technology Solutions For Human Services

1218 words - 5 pages

In the field of human services, there can be many obstacles to overcome when working with clients. Obstacles can be seen in all phases of human services in the areas of providing services, planning programs, and funding difficulties, but with the help of proper technology, some barriers can be overcome. Some of the challenges in providing services to the aging population are: the growing population of elderly individuals needing help and the physical and mental decline of the aging individual. This paper will attempt to identify some technological applications that can be used to bypass or overcome these hurdles.The baby boomers, those individuals born between 1946 and 1964 (US Census Bureau) are a constantly growing number of individuals needing services from the human services profession. As the number grows every day, human service providers are seeing the need for more technology to help the aging population live with quality and dignity. A common fact is that as people age, they will have loss of cognition and physical disabilities. Another obstacle for the elderly and human services workers to overcome is that the aging individual is not as proficient in the new technologies of the current day.Human services workers are finding that he or she must find ways to help seniors with the aid of technologies such as: computers programs that include geographic information systems (GIS) that will help locate seniors that are in need of assistance in rural areas. As the American Association of Homes & Services for the Aging (2009) states on their website,Current research shows that technology has the potential to play a critical role in launching anew model of geriatric care that allows older people to live independently for as long aspossible, supports family caregivers in the important work they do and gives health careproviders the tools they need to deliver high-quality care at a reasonable cost.Other tools that can be used for help with the aging population are software applications that include spreadsheets, word processing, and database programs that generate reports.SpreadsheetsSpreadsheets can be used in many different ways in the human services field. Spreadsheets can contain information such names, addresses, and phone numbers of clients. A database that has this kind of information can be used as means of tracking clients for reports that can be generated for the use of local, state, and federal information. The reports generated from spreadsheets can be used to track how many seniors may be disabled and need programs such as Meals on Wheels, in-home assistance, or how many seniors are still working. Once a spreadsheet is developed it can be manipulated to give the information one needs in different fields. For example, if a human service worker needs to find out how many seniors live in a certain county he or she can go to the spreadsheet and ask for county information.Spreadsheets can also be for financial reports that will help with budgeting or funding concerns. Compiling surveys is another helpful tool with a spreadsheet program. Social services personnel can use addresses of their clients to mail surveys and then can compile the survey results in a spreadsheet.Word ProcessingWord processing programs can also be used to keep lists of seniors in different categories. For insistence, if an employee needs to create a mailing list for information to be sent to seniors about existing or new programs, using a program such as mail merge can print out address labels.Form letters composed in word processing programs can be saved and used for future mailings as reminders to clients of appointments or payment reminders.PresentationsPresentations can be completed in many programs. These programs include Power Point, Corel, and Lotus Freelance. Whichever program is used, presentations are helpful to the aging community. Presentations can be sent to other computers and saved on the hard drive. Presentations for the aging are helpful for the aging population because they can help with memory and cognition. For example is an individual needs help with cooking or cleaning, presentations can be viewed by the individual as a reminder of how to complete simple tasks.Presentations can also be used for the purpose of reporting data to managers and community members by using graphs to track usage of programs available to the aging community. Many other different types of technology are helpful to the aging community and human service workers who provide services.Cell PhonesAs the age of technology grows, even the aging community is taking advantage of the cell phone to stay in touch with family members and community workers. Cell phones can be programmed with phone numbers of family members that need to be reached in case of emergency or doctors and social service workers. Cell phones also have the capability to program alarms that would aid the aging individual as a reminder to take medication or keep appointments. The cost of a cell phone contract may be prohibitive for those on a fixed income, but there are phones that are available that do not require a contract. These phones can be purchased and minutes added as needed. More and more phones are also being built with GIS capability so that if an individual is in trouble and can not give their address the phone can be tracked to give a location of the individual. One aging individual stated, "I have a difficult time using a cell phone because of my hearing aids so I don't want one." (personal communication). This gentleman did not know that some cell phones have the capability to help with that problem. This may be a question that human service providers in the home can ask of the aging individual.ConclusionTechnology may be a difficult transition for the aging individual as many seniors believe computers are too hard to navigate, but as more and more aging individuals are seeing their families use this type of technology, they are becoming more interested in the concept. Computer usage among seniors is becoming more prevalent and more programs need to be developed to show the aging individual the value of computer technology. Social Service agencies need to realize the limitations of seniors and help to provide training for seniors in the use of new technology such as computers, cell phones, and email. The cost of training classes can be expensive for those on a limited income but if free training were available, more seniors may take advantage of it.ReferencesAmercian Association of Homes & Services for the Aging, (2009). Executive Summary.Retrieved October 24, 2009, from, Census Bureau (2009). Newsroom. Oldest Baby Boomers Turn 60. Retrieved October 24,2009, from, Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/006105.html


Paper On Education In The Modern World

492 words - 2 pages role in the modern industrial world. This is attributed to the fact prospective employees must be qualified adequately to perform various tasks effectively. Industries entail resources that are sufficiently equipped with the modern technology to suit the needs and wants of the society. This thus, makes education to become a norm for services in all industrial sectors. The primary skills and the ability to apply the skills is the basis for

Job Analysis: assistant of Human resource manager, includes skills, duties, knowledge and ablities - MSU - Assignment

607 words - 3 pages assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. · Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. · Technology Skills · Human resources software — the Human resource management software HRMS · Document management software — Atlas Business Solutions Staff Files; Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS; PDF readers.

Telecom Sector Analysis India-Company Analysis Bharti Analysis

2019 words - 9 pages gained momentum in India and are penetrating the socio-culturally diverse society, transforming India into a nation of technology aware people.BHARTI AIRTELBharti Airtel is a part of Bharti enterprises and is India's leading provider for telecommunication services. It is India's largest integrated and the first private telecom service provider with a footprint in all 23 telecom circles with more than 69.4 million subscriber(as on July 2008

Alignment of HRM and Business Strategies - Strayer HRM 530 - Assignment

698 words - 3 pages for the future. Open dialogue between the leadership team and HR department should be had to define the company goals, and departmental goals need to be put in place to achieve them. Setting specific company goals, or overarching, must be identified and explained to the HR department and incorporating technology to automate goal-setting processes. This will ensure smooth operation and will keep communication open while monitoring departmental

business plan for interior designers - Uf / Interior design - business plan

1166 words - 5 pages Business Plan Rebecca Champ, Owner Created on December 29, 2016 Executive Summary Product We provide design services to small- and medium-sized companies. Our services include office management and business process reengineering to improve efficiency and reduce administrative costs. Customers The target audience for We Can Do It Consulting is business owners, human resources directors, program managers, presidents, or CEOs with 5 to 500

Assignment On Organizational Technology Plan

2166 words - 9 pages University of PhoenixTEC401 Human Factors in TechnologyBSABOBHEIO TEC/401August 3, 2009 Team B has decided to use AT&T as the organization for the "Organizational Technology Plan paper." The technology plan includes an overview of the company, a current technology assessment and a discussion of the company's value chain analysis.OverviewThe root of the organization can be traced as far back as 1875 when the founder of the organization

One of them is good,you can get it well。 - master - two

3554 words - 15 pages infrastructure, networks, cybersecurity, maritime, cloud computing, media and consulting. Now, we focus on providing our new products and services to customers in need, In another word our purpose is to enable our customers to succeed by providing them with the communications technology solutions that are right for them. 2. The Market 2.1Customer Our major customers aimed at enterprises, Government and some telecom operators. Our customers are variety

Minimizing Tort And Regulatory Risk At Covidien

1697 words - 7 pages Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves." (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d.). HHS is the body of government that controls and monitors three functions of law relating to the health care industry: Health Information Privacy Act, Human

Free Flight: Next Generation of Air Traffic Control - Everglades University - Aviation - Research Paper

1285 words - 6 pages heavily on technology. Unlike modern air traffic control that relies heavily on human communication, the flight crew would be responsible for detecting and avoiding issues during the flight. Communication would be sent directly from computers to the aircraft, which in turn can eliminate human error by controllers, and allow pilots to adjust as they deem necessary (Free Flight Concept, 2007). Free Flight would still utilize the Terminal Control

Straregic Sourcing And E-Procurement Are Major New Areas Of Potential Performance Improvement. How Have They Added Value ?

1116 words - 5 pages initiatives generally begin with a determination of the total cost of ownership (TCO) of goods and services. This includes total acquisition costs combined with lifecycle costs. Total acquisition costs are composed mainly of purchase price. Other cost elements may include transportation, materials handling and storage, training (for new suppliers, products, or services), technology testing and approval, supplier qualification, and supplier retooling


1943 words - 8 pages provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. The company has successfully implemented a transnational strategy that has enabled it to sustain its dominance in a complex and quickly evolving industry (Hodgetts, 2006).Beside with the new structure just announced for Nokia Corporation, the company is taking on a new appearance to replicate an industry change towards enterprise and multimedia services. The only division

The vision of a good society and the problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic - Assignment

1116 words - 5 pages with the same dignity. A good society would be one with less poverty, violence, and better education and healthcare services to name a few characteristics (Conradie, 2006:16). An unacceptable present is often the cause for the emergence of such a moral vision for society, this is the result of large human recognition that reality does not correspond to what reality should be. In times of struggle and need, such consciousness emerges and develops

Learning Team Analysis Of Business Specialties

1930 words - 8 pages Free chose are in operations, human resources, and non-profit specifically for human services organizations. The team matrix displayed strengths, however, assessment revealed weaknesses as well.In operation consulting a main aspect consist of training employees in dealing with customers. Organizations would utilize our team's skills in the areas of customer service knowledge, research, creativity and analytical ability. A company would greatly benefit


2264 words - 10 pages Understanding knowledge workers 2.1 What are knowledge workers? The term ’Knowledge workers’,) is a broad term for professionals in an array of fields including science, education, and information technology. Knowledge work is focused on using information for the creation of new ideas resulting in creativity progress in research. Knowledge workers do not work with physical objects but make decisions and advance theories or ideas. Their jobs

Problem Solution: Gene One Corporation

5259 words - 22 pages outweigh the negative; take necessary steps to implement IPO Table 6Pros and Cons of Alternative Solutions Alternative Pro Con Development of 5 new products and services -Increased recognition -Enhanced brand image -Increased revenue growth -Entry into broader market -Increased market share -Increased capital for IPO -Increased production costs -Lack of qualified people to develop products Development of 4 new technology