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How Technology in Senior Care is Making a Difference
The world is moving at a pace of technological advancement, touching every sphere of our lives — including the way we approach senior care.
The world is moving at a pace of technological advancement, touching every sphere of our lives. This new introduction steadily improves the way we work and its impact on our lives. So, it's not surprising that senior care is getting its fair share.
According to research, 64% of Americans above the age of 65 resort to senior care, hence increasing the need for technological introduction.
This brings about the question of the impact of technology in senior care and how it can make sure residents have better health outcomes. We may also wonder if introducing technology to the field would replace the role of human interaction with residents. The truth still lies in the fact that they both have a role to play, and the role of technology is what we intend to pursue.
"Senior living is a time riddled with health challenges. Technologies must be pursued to improve senior living."
So, what are the benefits of technology to the health of senior care residents?
Access to the data pool
According to World Health Organization data, by 2030, 1 in 6 people will be above age 60, hence the need for more admittance into senior care facilities.
We might have a high volume of residents if that is coupled with data on how Americans sign up to care homes. There might be an issue with keeping data on all residents when this happens.
With technological involvement, each piece of data can be easily stored and accessed to enable residents to get the exact care required.
For instance, electronic health records have significantly improved the health sector. These records showcase patients' history, including medications and treatment plans which will help improve patient care.
Tech devices for vitals monitoring
Tech devices in senior care are here to stay, and it plays a vital role in senior living assistance. The health benefits these tech devices provide are numerous. Some of these devices are wearable and stylish while still tracking the wearer's vitals.
These wearable devices come with several functions which can collect data and transfer it to a data pool. When this happens, all resident's vital data can be pulled up without needing more tests or in cases of emergency.
No matter what health issues senior care residents may be undergoing, wearable devices are perfect for them. These introductions are timely in saving the life of a patient and beneficial in ensuring proper monitoring.
Stimulation and involvement
Being in senior living doesn't mean they cannot participate in activities to boost their health and have fun. Technology is one way to ensure healthy residents.
According to a review in American Health Journal, games and activities play a role in improving patients' physical therapy and physical activities. The same review also showed that it played a role in pain distraction.
This view has been accepted and introduced into senior living. However, better health outcomes can be achieved with more technological methods. Such as playing video games created to improve brain function or fitness videos to enhance strength.
Also, during the lockdown, people depended on technology to see their family members. Your resident's involvement and communication with their loved ones through video calls can help improve their mental health.
Early disease detection and control
One of the biggest issues the aging population face is being susceptible to disease and sickness. Early detection can be essential in facilities that harbour seniors and encourage visitors. With members of staff and residents informed, it is easy to maintain sanitary and safe health practices. However, visitors don't get that chance as they have been to several places before the visit.
This is where apps come into play and ensure that visitors have followed due protocols and checks before contacting the residents. These apps keep tabs on visitors and help track them down later in case of an outbreak.
Also, technology such as family engagement apps provide families with the ability to schedule visits with their loved ones while streamlining staff workflows and necessary health updates that can be dispatched to all visitors. This way, visitors can be up to date on the latest happenings in the facility and the health of their loved ones.
Augmented and virtual reality
Various activities have sidelined most residents of senior care. This is usually due to ailments they must have developed during old age. However, technology such as augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have become widely spread and have helped residents feel connected.
With so many possibilities while using AR and VR, patients can be put in states of tranquillity to help them relax, which will cause improvements in both mental and physical health.
According to a review on Frontiers, AR and VR help with psychotherapy and rehabilitation of senior care residents. Their fitness, memory, and motor abilities have shown improvement with monitored applications.
Reduction in human error
Medical malpractice in the US healthcare system is the third leading cause of death. However, information technology reduces medical errors and improves patient care. With electronic health records and other technological developments such as automated IV pumps, understaffed or overworked healthcare workers have little chance of making mistakes.
Our role in senior care
With each push in this direction, we give senior citizens in senior care facilities the chance to enjoy vigorous health even in their old age. This, in turn, will be advantageous for your facility and will help you retain clients.