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Several prominent and not-so-obvious tech solutions are helping to improve elder care.
FREMONT, CA: Our lives get shaped by technology. Eldercare is one of the many industries that can profit from the latest technological advancements. Learning about the latest and greatest technological breakthroughs in elder care empowers everyone to do their work more efficiently, whether they are physicians looking for innovative ways to care for their patients or an investor looking for inspiration. But, of course, health technology is useless unless it improves outcomes and reduces costs.
Several prominent and not-so-obvious tech solutions are helping to improve elder care. Here's the take on the situation.
The standard GPS units used in vehicles are substantially larger than modern GPS devices. They can be hidden in strategic spots so that seniors can get located if they become disoriented. In addition, there are GPS units that can be worn under the soles of shoes or pressed into garments. Even in familiar areas, seniors might become disoriented, and GPS units ensure they get readily located.
There's an app for everything these days. Caregivers and elders can use applications to track their whereabouts, heart rate, and medication consumption, among other things. Apps can also communicate vital information to caregivers, physicians, and family members in real-time, allowing them to stay informed about the senior's condition. However, one prevalent fear is that current smartphones are too complex for seniors, particularly those with dementia or other cognitive impairments.
Fall and Wander Prevention
While GPS systems can assist seniors in locating them if they wander, wander and fall prevention devices can help avoid problems before they occur.
There are central monitoring systems that may be helpful to alert caregivers to movement and wireless devices worn by caregivers while rounds. It guarantees that notifications are received as soon as possible, allowing quick action to resolve the problem.
Different types of devices can assist a senior citizen in being safe at home. For example, stove shutdown devices make it safe for elderly persons to cook at home. If the device detects that the stove gets left on for an extended period, it automatically turns it off.
An automatic pill dispenser is another valuable home safety item. An automatic dispenser eliminates accidental overdoses and medication abuse if a family member or caretaker cannot supervise a senior's medicine intake. In addition, they can deliver visual and auditory notifications when it's time to dose, and they only open at particular times during the day.
The Internet of (Medical) Things
The internet of medical things (IoMT) is on the same idea, but it exclusively applies to medical devices. These gadgets provide a more connected ecosystem, making it easier for patients, caregivers, family members, payers, and clinicians to communicate and share data. Of course, this range of tools encompasses anything from classic medical gadgets connected to the internet to smart speakers powered by artificial intelligence.