Neighborly Home Care: “New Technology is Modernizing the Way We Look at Elderly Care”
Leaving the family home can be difficult– it is the place in which our best memories are often made and an environment in which we have felt secure and comfortable for many years. For this reason, the transition to an elderly care environment can be difficult for some, and when possible, they will stay in their homes with assistance for as long as they can. Many people elect to hire professional caregivers to help with the tasks that a senior is unable to manage on his/her own. Fortunately, innovators are now devising new technology that helps support seniors within their own home environment.
The Technology Available to Seniors & Caregivers
Companies across the industry are working to create technology that will help streamline communication between caregivers and seniors and actually work to keep seniors safe within their homes. Some of the new technology being developed for the use of care teams now includes:
- Wearables and sensors can monitor a senior’s physical condition and transmit information to a caregiver. Whether a caregiver is a family member or a professional, the wearables can signal when there is a concern. Several types are available or under development.
- Sensors in prescription medication dispensers can monitor when prescriptions are taken so that a caregiver knows the medicines are being taken regularly.
- GPS systems that track a senior’s movements come in different forms. The pendant has been around for quite some time that allows one to press a button if assistance is needed. With the advent of fitness technology that can be worn on the wrist, there are now watches equipped with health monitoring technology and GPS that send messages or indicate location. When a senior is still actively going out on his/her own, this is a useful tool for caregivers in case of emergency.
- Sensors installed on refrigerators or keys can alert caregivers if seniors are not eating meals regularly or if they are away from home.
- Interactive messaging systems allow seniors to relay instructions or needs to paid caregivers before they arrive at a home.
- Computer programs engage seniors and help improve cognitive abilities.
- Walkers that can be “called” via remote control will alleviate some of the risks of falling while trying to find them.
- Canes and shoes that monitor balance are being developed that will either help seniors regain balance, or notify caregivers if they are in need of assistance.
Technology available through industry leaders helps lessen the caregiving burden on family members and helps caregivers create a supportive and safe environment in which seniors can thrive. These new devices are helpful to seniors who want to stay at home, and also provide some peace of mind to family members who either act as caregivers themselves or communicate with professional caregivers hired to assist and support the seniors.
Call Neighborly Home Care for Compassionate Elderly Care Services
At Neighborly Home Care, we want seniors to be able to continue to live in the comfort of their own homes. If your loved one is living alone or has an illness that requires constant care, Neighborly Home Care has a solution. All caregivers from Neighborly Home Care are certified nursing assistants or have received equivalent training and passed a nurse aid skills assessment test.
Contact us today to find out more about our 24-hour elderly home care services.