How Healthcare Technology is Improving Senior Care

How Healthcare Technology is Improving Senior Care

Baby boomers are aging, and as a result, we have a swelling population of seniors. In fact, the Census Bureau recently reported that 13.3 percent of the residents in the United States are seniors. 

As healthcare improves and baby boomers continue to age, the number of seniors will continue to grow. Seniors are benefiting from the growing field of healthcare technology. There are many solutions now available for seniors and their families to manage different aspects of their health.

Let’s take a look at three ways healthcare technology is improving senior care. 

Healthcare Technology – Smartphone

Software companies have worked hard to produce applications improving patient outcomes and ultimately improving health care overall. Seniors can use apps to manage their healthcare on their computers or phones. 

Smartphones alone have led to some pretty revolutionary developments in healthcare. Seniors can download apps that help them keep track of their medication or set calendar reminders. Additionally, smartphone apps that track exercise is being used by seniors to improve overall health.

Another technology that can help to improve health is the use of Skype or Facetime. Seniors can see children and grandchildren who live far away. This type of interaction boosts moods and will help prevent depression and subsequent health problems. 

Healthcare Technology – GPS

Adult children with senior parents have a genuine concern when their parent exhibits signs of dementia and begins to wander and lose track of his or her surroundings. A GPS tracker can be added to a parent’s phone. 

In addition to trackers on a phone, senior monitoring systems now exist that help adult children keep their parents safe and healthy. Children of seniors can also use in-house sensors to keep track of their parents’ movements. 

Bed sensors and motion sensors developed specifically for the purpose of keeping a senior safe now exist. So for example, if it’s noon, and the senior hasn’t moved from his bed, an adult child living states away can call a neighbor to check on his mom or dad. 

Healthcare Technology – Security Cameras

In addition to motion sensors and GPS to keep track of a senior, security cameras are another healthcare technology available to seniors and their families. This technology provides peace of mind by being able to monitor a family member.

When you live hundreds and even thousands of miles away, you wrestle with the guilt that you cannot be there with an aging parent. So you rely on trustworthy caregivers, neighbors, and nurses to provide care. Sadly, not everyone is trustworthy. 

Small cameras similar to nanny cams can prevent a senior citizen from sustaining abuse or deception.  

Healthcare Technology Means a Better Senior Life

Technology is helping to keep seniors safe and well cared for in their own homes or a senior facility. As discussed, the senior population is growing and access to technology is improving the quality of life for seniors.

Contact us for more solutions that help serve our aging population overall. 

How Will the IoT (Internet of Things)  Change Assisted Living?

How Will the IoT (Internet of Things) Change Assisted Living?

As each generation advances in knowledge and use of the internet and “smart” devices, our homes are becoming more and more loaded with information to collect. That is no different for those in Assisted Living Facilities. One might be surprised by the increase in level of care supplied by those facilities that are making effective use of the IoT in today’s technology-rich market. The possibilities seem almost endless, but here is a rundown of a few of the changes that will make the care of our elderly loved ones more efficient through the use of smart devices and “smart environments”.

A smart room
The cutting edge technologies available today are able to gather information and data about the resident in the room and revert that data immediately, into active, real-time responses.

Sensors can be fitted throughout a facility, to capture information that is sent to relevant parties such as the resident’s nominated healthcare provider, nurses or aged care workers internally. Residents would have the choice of wearing smartwatches that can allow the facility’s staff to know the location and well-being of its residents at any time, so they can respond to queries and requests.

This technology allows interested loved ones or staff in the facility the ability to go into a portal to see what their loved one is doing, with secure permissions, of course. They can know whether or not mom is in her room and available for a call, or if she’s having physical therapy and the call should wait. They can monitor changes in eating habits, sleep patterns, and so much more, all with the help of the Internet of Things.

More personal with more information
Through the implementation of these technologies, nurses and other care workers would be able to respond to residents not just in person, but also via voice or video. Furthermore, they could be more proactive in their care. Because of all the biometric information the sensors in the room and wearable devices can capture, the system would be able to alert staff ahead of time if there’s a possibility of something happening, rather than staff waiting to react to an incident.

Another advantage of this interconnectivity is that staff would be able to see a screen for the resident they are talking to, containing information specific to that person’s needs and preferences. So it wouldn’t matter who was on duty or how familiar they may or may not be with the residents, each staff member would be able to access notes to assist in providing personalized care for every resident.

Better management of independence
There’s no denying that one of the most challenging aspects of deciding whether or not to enter assisted living is the feeling of losing one’s independence. No one wants to make a parent feel that way and very few individuals see past this potential risk when considering the subject for themselves.

This is an area that has seen great improvements in the assisted living industry already. Thanks to better monitoring systems, improved communication and advanced technology, residents are given greater freedom to live independently until or unless the need arises to give them more support. Many people might not think the IoT is critical to the care of our elderly loved ones, but as you can see, there are many benefits available with these interactive devices that share information.

If you are an Assisted Living Facility that would like to discuss ways to create and manage network systems that will bring these technologies to your residents and their carers, please contact NCN Technology for a free consultation.