People have always been the focus of the senior care industry. With resident-centered care as the driving force, it's logical that human interaction is a top priority. The care-giving workforce has traditionally been the foundation of quality care. Community leaders look to their human capital to solve problems. But the growing demand for senior care puts a strain on care providers, and leaders are embracing technological solutions. Advancing tech offers some promising resolutions to the issues faced by the industry. Here, we will examine some of the top tech trends in senior living.
Resident tracking devices, like those offered by Skynet Healthcare Tech, are proven assets to senior living communities. Therefore, community leaders are implementing these systems more frequently. Monitoring processes are advancing quickly. Not only can we track the location of residents, but sensors measure activity levels, and wearable health recording devices provide an enormous amount of useful data. We currently have noninvasive methods of monitoring and tracking residents, so they receive the highest quality of care. With 24/7 digital supervision, human caregivers can do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. Additionally, residents' family members feel more comfortable knowing their loved ones receive superior monitoring and tracking.
E-learning programs are becoming more popular as community directors realize the training potential and capabilities of improved management systems. Incredibly powerful and interesting educational programs are also available for residents. Informative programs, accessed via video conferencing, offer live, interactive learning with professional teachers. Many communities include distance-learning programs as a regular part of their activities planning. It is important to keep the mind stimulated as we age. These classes give seniors a great way to continue learning and growing, which ultimately helps them enjoy happier, healthier lives.
We expect to see more social robots supplementing care for seniors. These bots remind individuals to eat, exercise, and take medications. They also offer some social interaction, as they are voice-activated. Mobiserv is an example of one of these devices. Over the next decade, we will probably witness robots taking a more integral role in senior care. Researchers project that robotic assistants will have a significant positive impact on the aging population in the future.
Residents have more efficient ways to request services using technology. For example, some communities have touch screen tablets displayed so residents can check activity schedules and order services. This reduces miscommunication and relieves strain on caregivers.
Some senior living communities have been reluctant to offer Wi-Fi to residents. With a growing number of seniors actively using the Internet, community operators now understand the importance of providing Internet access. Older individuals experience immense benefit from social media platforms and other online activities. A huge amount of communication and social interaction occurs online. Without Wi-Fi, seniors are often disconnected from the modern world. It’s crucial that we include everyone in the digital landscape.
Adaptive lights can adjust to the specific needs of a resident. This helps reduce falls, which typically occur in the evening or at night. These systems can also detect unusual activity that might indicate a health problem. Some lighting methods change intensity throughout the day, mimicking natural light. This helps aged individuals stay in sync with circadian rhythms.
VR offers some amazing adventures for people who cannot travel. There are numerous products and programs available for seniors which allow them to visit faraway places and even travel back in time. For the average person, VR glasses are primarily for entertainment. However, for those with mobility restrictions, it is a wonderful way to explore different environments.
Admittedly, the senior care industry has been slower than other industries to embrace new technologies. The nature of senior care requires us to focus on humans, which may have caused community leaders to overlook the benefits of technology. But, it seems that the senior living industry is catching up and there are some exciting trends to watch for in the u
Written by Senior Tech News journalist Marty Livingston 2018