People who work in home care are typically enthusiastic about the growing technologies available now for the aging population. Fall prevention is always a concern for elderly loved ones but the newest detection devices offer greater safety and security monitoring that may be helpful to people resisting other home care options. In addition, there are electronic devices available that monitor health status and nutrition or diet, and memory aids that allow people to perform better independently longer.
Today, there are apps, wearables and devices that can monitor blood glucose and blood pressure levels. New technology is being developed to engage the elderly living with home care and connect them with their caregivers at the touch of a button or just by voice.
There are wide-reaching plans being created in the personal health technology market to enable more older adults to age in place. There are billions of dollars invested into enhanced home care through technology. As an example, mobile devices connect health and emergency response services to older people and their caregivers, offering better communication and patient empowerment, as well as medical cost savings. It’s becoming easier to schedule online appointments, have virtual appointments, fill prescriptions online, and even participate in a video chat with the doctor.
Monitoring and diagnostics are big focus areas, as well as prevention, stress reduction, and assistance in lifestyle changes that impact long-term health and wellness. Imagine a silent alarm that’s triggered if Grandma doesn’t get out of bed by a certain time of day. Motion sensors in a home can be helpful for more than security systems. Sensors can monitor whether someone is sitting, standing, or has fallen.
Hot items also being developed are technologies that help with proper medication use. There is already an ingestible device that can track whether a pill was taken. Imagine the positive effect this could have for people with mental illnesses, like schizophrenia, bipolar disease or depression. Facial-recognition technology can also be used to dispense prescription medications to people at home, eliminating the need for a clinical worker or family member to be there several times a day. Additionally, “smart pill bottles” note whether medication has been taken and in the correct dosage and at the right time, potentially reducing the need for as much home care.
As the integration of these newfangled devices arrive on the market, young and old alike will be able to use innovative devices for health data, nutrition, activity, and more for personal use or to share with medical providers.
Home Care Assistance is aware of home care innovations. Call us today with questions on the best home care that can be provided for you or your loved one today.