A large majority of seniors would like to continue living in their homes as long as it’s possible for them to do so in a safe and comfortable manner. Luckily, a lot of these aging adults are able to fulfill this wish thanks to healthcare technology developments that have taken place in recent years. Aging in place can occur with the use of some different tools, methods, and aids even when family members or caregivers are not available.
Senior Monitoring Services
There are certain aspects of senior life that can be monitored via sensors. This includes movement, pressure, hygiene/medication, kitchen/device use and safety/security. There are different monitoring systems that offer coordination of care, medication management and home monitoring by way of different sensors and technological devices. There are sensors that can be placed on medication bottles to see if they have been opened recently. These same sensors can also be placed on refrigerator doors, bathrooms and even exterior doors for seniors who are at risk of wandering away from the home. Information can be communicated to family members or caregivers using email, phone, or text message.
There are all kinds of digital devices that can keep seniors organized and on track. Digital pill dispensers will dispense specific medications at pre-programmed times. At-home blood pressure monitors can take accurate readings and report back to the care providers. More and more healthcare companies are utilizing online patient portals and customer service systems to provide communication and access for patients, their families, and doctors. Prescription refills and lab results are all just a click away. For seniors that aren’t computer-savvy, family members can help from afar.
The COVID-19 pandemic initiated an increase in telehealth appointments. While they were originally designed to keep seniors and other patients safe from illness, it soon became clear that telehealth is a fast and convenient method of obtaining medical care. While some issues will need to be addressed in-person, older adults can speak with their doctor using a smart device or computer. They don’t have to worry about securing transportation to an appointment. They can confer with a clinician from the comfort of their own home.
One of the biggest issues that aging adults often have is being able to navigate around their home safely. There are different healthcare technology devices that can help make your average home more accessible and comfortable for seniors, such as stair lifts which help get a person from one level of the home to another without having to go up or down the stairs. There are recliners that lift from a seated position to an elevated angle so it’s easier to get up. Walk-in showers make bathing much easier without having to get in and out of a bathtub.
If you or someone that you love is in need of assistance that can help them retain their independence at home while they age, you can reach out to their healthcare provider for recommendations and help. You can also inquire with different medical aid companies to see what kind of technology they offer.