How Technology is Improving Senior Care
Seniors comprise 13% of the total U.S. population. With this number projected to rise over the years, it is imperative that the medical world devises better and more effective methods of taking care of seniors.
Thanks to technological advancements, it is now possible to use technology to improve senior care. This will go a long way in enhancing safety, ensuring better health, and ultimately guaranteeing long lives. Here are some exciting ways technology is improving senior care.
Internet of Things
Internet of Things (IoT) works by establishing connections between caregivers, physicians, and seniors through technology. Essentially, it allows all parties to share data and communicate more effectively. Through IoT, caregivers are able to monitor seniors while helping them with their medical schedules, feeding, and other vital issues that they need assistance with. This level of engagement has allowed caregivers to provide around the clock senior care, thus boosting the welfare of this demographic.
Smart phones have played a big part in improving senior care. As part of technological growth, there are multiple phone applications designed to assess the health of seniors to determine their progress as they age. For instance, seniors can use phone applications to monitor their heart rate, medication, and location (important for individuals who experience memory loss). Likewise, caregivers and physicians can monitor seniors to check how certain medications impact them, among other uses. Through the use of a smartphone, it has become easier to take care of seniors more effectively.
Cameras and Sensors
Cameras and sensors are also useful in monitoring seniors to ensure they are safe at all times. They are particularly effective when an individual needs constant supervision, especially those who are disposed to inflict harm on themselves. Cameras can help monitor activity in the absence of a caregiver and inform you when there is a need for intervention.
Sensors work are used to notify a responsible party when a senior needs assistance. They can also be used to send notifications when they skip medication or exercise.
Virtual assistance is quite reliable, especially for seniors aging in place who don’t have 24-hour care. Robot assistants can be used to remind seniors when to take their medications, exercise, eat, or take a bath. Robot assistance comes in many forms. For example, there are touchscreen tablets that come with automated voices. There are also actual robots that roam around and communicate on essential matters, such as the right books to read, medication to take, and more.
Emergency Response Services
Seniors are vulnerable to falls due to a lack of balance that comes with age. As such, protecting them from falls, even in the absence of a caregiver or family member, is a priority to ensure their safety. Emergency Response Services (ERS) is a technology that protects seniors from falls by notifying them when they are walking on slippery floors. It can also be used to alert a caregiver when a senior is in distress and needs assistance. This can go a long way in preventing accidents and keeping them safe.
Undoubtedly, technology has played an integral part in improving senior care and senior companionship. Caregivers and physicians as well ought to employ the right technology to facilitate senior care both in homes and caregiver facilities.
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