As people age, the desire to live at home has not changed. Seniors who have a desire to live in their own homes find that technology is making that more possible today than ever before. Here are some technologies that are making it possible for people with medical challenges to continue to live at home.
GPS is being used to keep track of seniors who may have dementia or Alzheimer’s. That way, they can go where they choose while their caregiver always knows where they are located. The technology can also sense a fall or other medical emergency and alert first responders and a family member. When first responders arrive on the scene, medical alert bands can tell them of any allergies or ongoing medical conditions, so the person can get the help that they need faster.
Apps on Androids and Smartphones can be used to alert people with health conditions when it is time to take medicines or connect them directly to healthcare providers. Additionally, apps can be used to connect the senior to a loved one with the push of one button. Apps can also be used to alert people in their area when there is danger so that they can take appropriate action. Remote monitoring can be useful so that people can stay in their homes while having ongoing medical conditions monitored regularly.
Big data allows nurses located in remote locations to monitor the eating and sleeping patterns of patients under their care. The data can even alert people if the patient has fallen recently. All of this data is looked at by the nurse on a daily basis so that changes in health conditions can be spotted early. Then, appropriate care can start sooner.
For people who have lost their hearing, there are visual alarms that can alert them to what is going on in their environment. For example, a visual alert would go off if someone rang the doorbell. This allows those with medical concerns to stay more connected with the world around them often leading to improved mental health.
Those with medical conditions can rely on these technological advances to stay in their own homes longer. Research shows that staying independent as long as possible promotes longevity and quality of life. Therefore, if you are a person with health concerns or a caregiver, talk to your health care provider about which technologies can help you the most.