Many countries across the world are starting to struggle with the aging population because people are lasting longer than they were doing decades ago. This is down to changes in lifestyle and better medications and diagnosis of illnesses.However, because of the rapid increase, care homes all over the world are starting to feel over subscribed. Care homes are finding that they now need to start to turn to technology when it comes to basic principles of the running of the care home and for the safety and care of its inhabitants.
However, by harnessing some of these adaptive technology outputs care homes all over will be able to respond faster and take better care of our aging communities. So how and what sort of technology will begin to take over? I thought I would share with you some of the things we can start to see being incorporated into the care homes across the world, as well as technological advancements that are yet to come but could be seen in the future.
Emergency Response Alarms
If you imagine how a care home is run now, more than likely a patient or person staying there will have an emergency handle or button in their room.
Which once they press will notify someone within the establishment that there is an emergency in place. However, with larger facilities needed and more patients to care for, this sort of manual response can perhaps delay a reaction from someone in an emergency situation. Linking an emergency response system within your software or other technologies being used could make a response quicker.
The system can notify various authorities or activate other things within the facility to help generate a faster and more efficient response to the care home and the patient involved.
Specially Designed Retirement Homes
Imagine a retirement home for an individual or a couple that can adapt to exactly the needs of that person at the very given time?
This is what can be planned for the future to help take away the demand on care homes specifically. Specialist retirement villages with homes that are completely adaptable is a strong contender for the future care of our aging population. For example, a house that can adapt to add sunlight or shade at an owner’s request.
A home that is easily navigated no matter what ailment the person may be struggling with. The right sort of doors and windows that open and offer easy access as well as being easy to manage. Technology to manage to temperature and maintain a decent living environment. There are many different advancements that could be made to the home, but enabling a living environment to be more manageable for a healthy older person, could help to maintain a level of independence and dignity.
Communication is vital for helping to keep the mind active, and now with the advancements in communication technology, it is now easier than ever for the aging population to keep in touch with family, no matter where they are in the world. One main example of this is Facetime and Skype. Allowing someone with compatible devices or having downloaded the application to a smart device, you can video call one another and see things happening in real time.
This can work well within the retirement facilities that may be gracing our countries in the future. By having this sort of technology already built into the mainframe of the software within the home. But care homes all over the world will eventually have to embrace digital services such as this. The key areas they may need to improve is WiFi facilities so that the connections can be made with no charge.
Wearable Technology to Monitor Health
Finally, there are new products being launched all the time for wearable technology that can monitor the health of someone who is wearing it. We already have seen it now through smartphone devices such as health applications where the amount of steps you take are tracked and your heart rate and calorie levels can be recorded.
The wearable technology for older people can be so much more than encouraging an active healthy lifestyle. It can remind patients to take medication, it can help keep them on track with hospital appointments or doctor referrals. It can also help relatives or care home workers to monitor their health remotely. Again giving dignity and independence to the patient themselves.
Technology is growing at a rapid rate, so there is no surprise that it will have a huge impact on the growing aging population of the world.