In recent times, it has seen that senior citizens prefer more to live their final years in their homes rather than in assisted living facilities. Also, a diminishing workforce available to take care of the seniors in such facilities has been the precursor for the wide-range development of novel health technology aimed at assisting old age living at home rather than an institution.
THE CURRENT HOME CARE TECHNOLOGY
Currently, home care technologies in use can be divided broadly into two categories
This type of technology needs the person to be monitored to enter a piece of vital bodily information into an interface. It can be blood pressure, blood sugar, or any other reading. The readings are monitored remotely by a family member or a caregiver, and they then instruct the system to dispense medicine according to the body’s condition
This type of technology monitors seniors on their own. It involves different types of sensors mounted in the room or around the wrist of the person being monitored. These systems collect the necessary data and send it to the person who cares for the senior. Your son sitting a thousand miles away can keep track of your blood pressure and pulse rate, and your caregiver can remotely manage your medication depending on the readings.
FUTURE OF HOME HEALTH CARE TECHNOLOGY
It might seem like we are already at the epitome of technology in this field, and no further improvements can be made, but that is not the case. A lot of new stuff is being developed that will make life easier and safer for silver seniors preferring to live at their homes rather than a care facility. Technology is making advancements in home healthcare to raise the health facilities and overall well-being of homebound individuals. Here are some ways in which technology is likely to reshape the home health care industry in the near future.
HEALTHCARE WEARABLES AND SMARTPHONE LINKED SENSORS
As technology is aimed to make things easier, health trackers, sensors, and wearable are considered as great devices that help the individuals to monitor and take control of their lives. Different implantable chips are being developed for a lot of health conditions, from anxiety to heart murmurs, which will work in cooperation with smartphones. A good example of this is a tiny pancreas implant that will monitor blood sugar levels and send the information to a linked smartphone from inside the body. This is just the start we’ll soon see implantable wears for blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital signs’ monitoring.
When it comes to home health care, there is no doubt that artificial intelligence is going to play a vital role in changing the industry and the way of providing services to home bound senior citizens. Different healthcare bots powered with AI can be integrated to interact with patients and provide medical content during a time of crisis.
Digital pill, also known as cyber pill, is another game-changer innovation in the field of health care. Digital pills come with a monitoring system that records patient’s data, such as medication adherence and psychological data. These pills have microprocessors and communication abilities that help aging adults to correctly take their medicines. Once inside the body, these pills will be able to text the doctor about the medication the senior is having and the effects it has on their condition.
You might be surprised to know various researches are going on to develop biodegradable swallowable batteries that will generate power from the chemical processes of the body. If you are thinking how all these in-body things will be powered, then these batteries will be able to generate power within the body, transfer it to the equipment via WiFi, and dissolve inside the body after their service life is over.
Technology has come a long way, and research is going on to make life easier and safer for seniors living in their homes rather than care facilities. What might sound like the stuff from a sci-fi movie is actually happening, and soon it will make the lives of people easier, safer, and more fulfilling. To keep in touch with everything happening in the adult health care industry and other updates on matters that affect seniors and retirees, visit ELEARNING FOR SENIORS.