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The Internet of Things seems ideally positioned among the solutions available to enable caretakers to aid the well-being of vulnerable people while others cannot do so.
FREMONT, CA: Shelter-in-place orders made in response to the COVID-19 outbreak have increased the social isolation and loneliness that many elderly and vulnerable people are experiencing, increasing their risk of severe health problems.Such trend, combined with societal shifts such as lower intergenerational living, greater geographic mobility, and fewer connected communities, has put the elderly at risk of isolation and, as a result, danger.
Fortunately, technology can assist caretakers, healthcare professionals, or family members detect and alert elderly folks' changes in behavior, which can help prevent significant complications.
The Internet of Things seems ideally positioned among the solutions available to enable caretakers to aid the well-being of vulnerable people while others cannot do so. For example, IoT-enabled monitors prevent emergency hospital admissions and allow elders to stay in their homes longer securely by tracking essential health indicators such as dehydration and malnutrition and behavioral changes such as decreased mobility.
Preventive fall detection
Falling is the second biggest cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths globally, and it grows more common as people get older. As a result, fall prevention measures must be implemented both at home and in care facilities. Fall prevention, prediction, and detection require recording occurrences, identifying risk factors (both individual and environmental), and emphasizing preventive and remedial interventions.
And they're all possible thanks to the Internet of Things.
Healthcare providers can use IoT sensors to track progress over more extended periods and evaluate whether an individual's health is deteriorating, putting them in danger of falling in the future. Caregivers can intervene and provide more care if they get this information before an injury occurs.
Keeping elders in their homes longer
When combined with Tele assistance services, IoT solutions may reassure families that their loved ones are safe living alone by transmitting important information suggestive of deteriorating health, ensuring that early warning signs don't get missed—intending these solutions to detect any potential behavioral changes resulting from a fall, physical frailty, or cognitive decline.
By anticipating threats and acting fast in an emergency, these innovative technologies make it feasible to protect senior populations better. It can detect a potentially critical or abnormal scenario and alert caretakers or families using a self-learning algorithm and an intelligent box wirelessly connected to sensors installed in the home.For example, the motion sensors and door open/close sensors learn the watched individual's daily behaviors to "become smart" about their patterns. As a result, the sensors can identify and transmit alerts when activity changes, suggesting a problem.