How Technological Developments Have Improved Senior Care

Posted on 02/04/2022

Technology has revolutionized nearly every aspect of your existence. In comparison to previous generations, how you work, raise your children, entertain yourself, and learn new things are all different.

It should therefore come as no surprise that technology has revolutionized the way you recognize, treat, and care for your loved ones as they become older. Older adults are living longer and more fulfilled lives thanks to senior care technology developments.

Here are just a few of the numerous ways that senior care has advanced as a result of new technology.

A More Engaged Life

Seniors often want to continue living in their homes as long as possible. Unfortunately, for many seniors, staying at their homes alone is no longer feasible or safe due to age-related complications.

A senior living community with senior care technology may be the perfect solution when it's time to find a more adequate home. From the safety and comfort of their apartments, they can stay in touch with their family members and doctors thanks to technological advancements. Doctors can now read their patients’ vital signs and monitor other activities — like adherence to medication guidelines — without the senior needing to travel for medical appointments.

Artificial Intelligence Assistance and Monitoring

Artificial intelligence is used by virtual or robotic assistants to send medication reminders to seniors or to encourage them to get out of bed and move around. They may also be utilized to communicate with your loved ones while monitoring their mental acuity.

Virtual assistants can help keep the elderly connected, with functions such as automatic calls to family and friends. These devices can also be linked to calendars and programmed to announce important occasions and dates verbally.

Other possibilities include fall detection devices and medical alert buttons or watches. These may be linked directly to emergency services or the senior living community medical staff for immediate assistance.

Tech-Enhanced Medical Care

The advancements in medical technology have benefited people of all ages and stages of life. People who are older and face the dual problem of numerous ailments and decreased capabilities probably benefit more than anyone else.

Managing a variety of problems, as well as the medicines used to treat them, is stressful enough in and of itself. And if there are several medical practitioners with their own appointments, treatments, and prescriptions involved, it's easy to see how even the most organized and intelligent person might become confused.

There are a number of applications for senior care technology that may help to keep everyone and everything organized and concentrated on the patient's overall health and well-being.

Digital Medical Records

The advent and increased usage of digital records may have saved more people than any other medical technology. Every doctor connected to the network in a digital medical record platform may access all test results, notes, and prescriptions given by any other doctor in the system at any time.

This minimizes the chances of two or more doctors offering therapies, medicines, or procedures that could potentially interact badly with one another. Digital records are only as good as the individuals who create and use them. These systems don't protect their data from misinterpretation.

Also, remember that digital records are not universal. Record sharing currently is only possible among medical practitioners in the same network.

Medication Tracking Devices

It might be difficult to keep track of which medication should be taken and when. Many elders take a variety of medicines that must all be consumed at specific times and intervals for them to work effectively.

Smart pillboxes are small, portable containers that can be used to keep track of and administer medications. They include programmable alarms so a senior can know when it's time to take their pills.

Some pillboxes also have a locking mechanism that does not open until it is time for a particular drug to be administered. Both of these are critical since memory and the capacity to retain information can deteriorate as individuals get older.

Smart pill bottles that are currently being developed include a digital link with doctors and pharmacies. This would enable medical specialists to keep track of how often and when a pill bottle is opened. This would allow for automatic refills of medicines or provide the physician an opportunity to speak with their patient about how the prescription is supposed to be taken. Getting medicine refills on time lowers the risk of missed doses. If bottles empty earlier or later than they are scheduled, the medication is probably being taken incorrectly. The smart pill bottle provides the doctor early notification of this potential medication mismanagement and allows them to correct the problem before any harm is done.

Internet's Hive Mind

The internet in some ways has turned the world into a massive hive mind, with all of humanity's knowledge readily available and plenty of digital spaces where countless experts can discuss the most complex issues. Medical professionals from around the world — From small rural villages in Africa to the bustling metropolis of the developed world — can connect and share information with each other in real-time.

Our understanding of aging has grown exponentially, and this greater knowledge of the processes behind gives new insights into how to best treat its effects. New medicines and therapies to treat age-related issues are constantly being developed. It has also prompted fresh ideas about how diet, exercise, and lifestyle might help to delay the effects of aging.

Complete and Precise Diagnostic Technology

Many significant diagnostic tools have emerged from advances in technology and a deeper understanding of the human body. These devices, such as an MRI or a CAT Scan, can show doctors where the problem is and give a roadmap to track the success or failure of a certain therapy when coupled with the proper software.

Not all diagnostic tools offer fresh insights; some just provide a faster and more accurate method to get answers.

The amount of oxygen in a person's blood was previously determined using blood tests. Nowadays, a sensor attached to a finger may accurately convey that information in real-time. Blood sugar levels can also be monitored continuously with the use of a subcutaneous sensor, which can transmit the most minute changes in blood sugar readings as they happen to both the patient and doctor.

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Contact us today and find out the many advantages upscale senior living can provide to your senior loved ones.