Senior living is an important part of life, and if done right, it can be the golden years. Thanks to rapid advancements in technology, senior carers can provide a more superior level of care than ever before. Cloud technology has allowed for remote monitoring, which means around-the-clock security. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being used to communicate with the elderly and boost mental wellbeing. Scheduling tools can make sure medication routines are kept to, which is fantastic news for those hard of hearing. Throughout this article, we will dive a little deeper into the technology supporting senior living.
Throughout the pandemic, many senior care facilities began adopting a “Hospital-at-Home” approach. This means that all levels of care provided are done from the comfort of the patient’s home, which is perfect for those with mobility issues. Since the pandemic, many providers are continuing to use groundbreaking technology to schedule appointments and provide care at the point of residence. For example, Richmond Heights senior living from McKnight Place guarantees that residents won’t need to leave the facility to receive care.
The internet of things (IoT) is being used in homes already, giving us the ability to take care of our tech while we’re away. The same technology can be used in care homes to allow for remote monitoring. Smart cameras, lighting, and fall detection systems can be used to increase security and provide better levels of care.
Wearable tech is available at a commercial level – Fitbit, Apple, and Samsung all have excellent health trackers in their arsenal of products. In senior care facilities, wearable tech can be provided to residents to monitor their data. If health care providers notice any irregular spike in blood pressure, sleep pattern, or breathing, they can send the relevant aid immediately. Although this tech isn’t groundbreaking today, it’s helping to save lives and will only improve in quality over the coming years.
AI for Mental Health
These days, we are all used to asking Google, Alexa, or Siri to help us with mundane tasks like setting alarms and finding the weather forecast. This technology uses AI to learn how we behave and give us relevant information. The same technology can be used in senior care homes to provide lonely residents with a ‘friend’ – having someone to talk to can make an enormous difference. As well as providing vital emotional support, AI can help call out for aid in the event of a fall or being unable to reach the phone.
Senior residents often need to take a plethora of medications. However, it can be difficult to keep track of, especially if a resident is suffering from conditions including dementia. Thanks to technological advancements, scheduling tools can be used to remind people to take their medications. Medical dispensers can be loaded with sensors and beepers, which don’t deactivate until the medication has been taken.
Senior care technology is still in the teething stage, with many more developments yet to come. If you’re searching for senior living providers, make sure you’re asking questions about technology usage.
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