Technology is changing the face of the world. That includes senior care. While you may not be paying attention to just how significantly technology is impacting the senior care industry, there are plenty of ways it’s benefiting those elderly men and women who require some level of support and assistance on a regular or consistent basis.
Below we outline three of the more significant benefits that technology is bringing to the senior care industry. The more you know about what technology is doing, how it is benefiting seniors who require care, the more you may be able to help convince an aging parent, spouse, sibling, or other loved one that this is something to truly look into right now.
You may also discover that what the future holds is incredibly valuable for people of advancing years who may require some level of care and assistance in the future.
1. Technology is improving health monitoring.
In the past, if an elderly person was dealing with chronic health issues or recovering from a major medical emergency, like a heart attack or stroke, they would probably have to spend more time in the hospital or even several weeks or months in a nursing home.
Today, many of these same seniors can recover at home thanks to technology that monitors their health. Not all devices are going to be self-monitoring. They may require a home health care aide, for example, a visiting nurse, as they are more typically referred to as, to come in and check those vital stats, but with those technological advances, these visiting nurses can relay information to the senior’s doctor for proper ongoing monitoring.
That helps to ensure if certain complications are arising, they can be addressed or adjustments made as needed to avoid a readmission to hospital or other serious health issues.
2. Technology is improving communication.
With video teleconferencing features that are available on almost every tablet and smartphone today, elderly men and women can see their loved ones, even if they can’t visit with them in person. This has been a saving grace over the past year and several months during the pandemic.
While it’s not the same as having a person there with them physically, it is certainly beneficial to be able to see them, talk to them, see their face and their facial expressions during a conversation.
Communication opportunities continue to improve, so who knows where it will lead in the future, especially when it comes to senior care.
3. Finding the right senior care options.
Today, an elderly person who has difficulty maintaining their balance, taking care of their personal needs at home, and so forth can find a wide range of senior care options using basic technology.
They can simply look up local providers, see who is highly reviewed and respected, and even discover what is possible with senior care. The more you know about technology and how it is impacting and benefiting senior care, the easier it becomes to convince yourself or somebody you love to look into this for themselves, now or in the near future.