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Technology is helping caretakers, healthcare providers, or family and friends detect and alert elderly persons' behavioral changes, which would help avoid serious consequences.
FREMONT, CA: Shelter-in-place orders issued in response to the COVID-19 epidemic significantly worsened the social isolation and loneliness experienced by many senior and vulnerable members of society, increasing their risk of severe health issues. These trends, along with societal shifts like decreasing intergenerational cohabitation, more comprehensive geographical migration. However, fewer connected groups have put the elderly at risk of social isolation.
Nevertheless, technology is helping caretakers, healthcare providers, or family and friends detect and alert elderly persons' behavioral changes, which would help avoid serious consequences.
The Internet of Things is perfectly placed amongst these technologies available to enable caregivers to assist the well-being of persons at risk when others are unable to be there.IoT-enabled monitors prevent urgent hospitalizations allowing the elderly to stay in their homes more securely by monitoring essential health indicators like dehydration and malnourishment and behavioral changes like reduced mobility.
Let’s see How loT can help caretakers and family members in monitoring the elderly even if they are far away:
Preventive fall detection
Falling is now the second major cause of unintentional or unintentional injury death worldwide, and it becomes increasingly common as people get older. As a result, fall prevention measures must be implemented, including in homes and treatment centers.
And they're all possible thanks to the Internet of Things. Traditional fall-detection solutions need the user to wear or carry the gadget and press a button when they fall.
Healthcare professionals can use IoT sensors to track developments throughout longer periods (days or months) and evaluate how an individual's health is failing, putting them in danger of falling in the future. Caretakers can act and provide more attention if they get this information before an accident happens.
Keeping elders in homes longer
IoT solutions, especially combined with Tele assistance service, may ensure families that their loved ones are safe living alone by transmitting important information suggestive of deteriorating health, providing that warning signs aren't missed.
By predicting dangers and responding fast in emergencies, these innovative technologies make it feasible to protect senior populations better. Technology can identify a particularly important or unusual scenario and alert caretakers or family using a self-learning algorithm and an intelligent box wirelessly connected to sensors installed in the home.The motion sensors and doorway open/close sensors, on the other hand, learn the monitored individual's daily behaviors to "get smart" about their patterns. As a result, the sensors can identify and transmit alerts when activity varies, indicating a risk.