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Remote monitoring, as opposed to in-person monitoring, involves the use of sensors to track the patient's vitals and other information and report that data in real-time to the patient's medical team.
Fremont, CA: People are living longer lives than ever before, but the current options for caring for the elderly with chronic illnesses or those who have difficulty with daily tasks are limited. Many families either send their loved ones to assisted living facilities or nursing homes, hire outside help, or care for them on a daily basis. These options are frequently prohibitively expensive and jeopardize both the caregiver's and the senior's quality of life.
The majority of people want to keep their independence for as long as possible. They don't want their children or grandchildren to put their lives on hold in order to assist them. They want to keep living their own lives with their privacy and autonomy. This is where artificial intelligence (AI) can come in handy.
Ageism Awareness is a Priority
The demographics of the United States are changing, and the country's elderly population is increasing. It is predicted that by 2034, the number of people over the age of 65 will outnumber children under the age of 18. Nonetheless, ageism persists as a problem in a variety of settings, including healthcare and employment.
Ageism awareness is critical for ensuring that people receive the best possible care. Discrimination is unacceptable, and many elderly people are being denied healthcare, personal choice, and opportunities as a result. Ageism can even lead to people being forced into nursing homes and other facilities.
So, how can AI assist in mitigating this issue? How can we ensure that senior citizens have every opportunity to live out their lives in happiness and comfort? Here are a few examples.
Patients Are Now Be More Effectively Monitored at Home
Previously, monitoring someone with a chronic illness or serious health problem required another person to be physically present near them in case something went wrong. Many people who could take care of their own daily needs but required regular medical monitoring would require additional assistance at home or would be admitted to a facility.
This scenario is obviously disastrous for people who value their independence. In-home monitoring is also very expensive. The good news is that new AI tools now allow for remote monitoring in a variety of situations. This allows patients to continue living alone while providing peace of mind to family members.
If a problem is discovered, the patient's doctors will be immediately informed, and medical assistance will be dispatched if necessary. Remote monitoring can also help seniors remember to take their medications, perform self-checks, and stay on top of other healthcare tasks.