In recent years, home care has become more reliant on technology. This has caused some people to believe it’s not going to benefit seniors as much as personal interaction and physical assistance. In reality, technology is designed to not just keep seniors safer, but to also have them monitored more closely by their doctors and nurses to ensure they remain safe at home.
It’s still essential to rely on aides.
Home care aides are still the most important asset of these services. However, even these caregivers and visiting nurses are beginning to rely on tablets and other technology more frequently, and it’s helping those in need across the country.
What kind of technology is beneficial for seniors?
One of the best types of technology right now that’s benefiting home care services is tablets. These tablets can be used by visiting nurses and even home care aides to communicate with family, other caregivers, doctors, and nurses. They can even allow home health care providers to enter vital stats, like heartrate, blood pressure, and more, into a tablet program that the doctor would monitor.
Technology can also improve physical safety.
Motion sensors, for example, have often been used for floodlights outside. It means a light would go on when somebody stepped outside or returned home. They can be incredibly beneficial for seniors, especially as night begins earlier and earlier. Now, imagine there was a motion sensor in the bedroom.
This could detect a person getting out of bed and moving toward another room, such as the bathroom. If a monitoring service noticed that the senior did not return to their bedroom within 15 minutes, for example, in the middle of the night, that could indicate they have fallen or there could be some type of emergency that has kept them from returning to bed. They could then make a phone call to the house to check in and, if no answer, they can call emergency services to do a welfare check on that person.
Yes, home care is relying more and more on technology, and it does help lower costs, but more than that it helps improve safety and communication for people from all walks of life.
It still does not replace home care aides who offer physical assistance and companionship, which can be incredibly important for men and women of all ages all across the country. For those looking into home care services, they can see technology being an asset and not a liability.
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A veteran of providing quality healthcare, Michael has served with distinction in a variety of leadership capacities for nearly two decades, notably as administrator for several Skilled Nursing Facilities in New Jersey. Known as an innovative and solution-oriented individual, Michael has his finger on the pulse on new trends and concepts in providing quality care.
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