The ageing population is growing at a fast rate day by day around the globe. With the elderly population increasing, there is a demand for senior care services. To cater to their needs, more and more assisted living facilities are being established to provide the care and support to the seniors and the landscape of senior living care is constantly evolving and adapting to the use of more technology.
The integration of technology in assisted living facilities is a boon to the elderly citizens, helping them to lead a safer and better quality of life. These technological advancements are transforming the way seniors receive care too.
In this blog, let’s check out some life changing developments in technology integration within assisted living facilities and the impact it has on the senior care industry in today’s circumstances.
1. Smart Home Concept
Assisted living facilities that adapt technology have rooms or living spaces fitted with sensors to monitor movement and detect falls. This immediately helps alert the caregivers or the staff of any incidents that may occur. They can also be equipped with voice assistants like Google Home or Alexa to help residents control lights, etc in case of any emergencies etc.
2. Wearable Monitoring Devices
Smartwatches and fitness trackers can be worn by seniors to monitor their day to day activities and vital signs like heart rate etc. They can also keep a check on their activity levels and sleep patterns. The data can be checked by them or anyone that has access in real time and can be shared with family and health care professionals at any moment for intervention if any health concern may arise.
3. Virtual Consultation Services
Remote consultations in assisted living facilities are of great help to senior citizens. The elderly can access medical care and services without leaving the facility, reducing the stress and logistical challenges with respect to in-person doctor visits. The scheduling of the appointments can also be done as per the convenience and is a great advantage when it comes to virtual consultations.
4. Video Chat or Video Conferencing
Staying connected with loved ones or family members today has never been easier. Video conferencing platforms like Zoom or Skype allow residents to communicate with family members and friends no matter the distance. Social media apps like WhatsApp allow for video calls too to stay connected at all times. This helps eliminate the feeling of loneliness and helps improve the seniors’ communication with family and friends.
The integration of technology into assisted living facilities signifies a giant leap forward in the senior care industry. These innovations not only enhance the quality of life for seniors but also streamline caregiving processes, improve healthcare access, and provide peace of mind for both residents and their families. With the evolution of technology in the coming years and the future, we can expect even more interesting and life changing developments that will transform the way we care for our ageing, senior population.
Do you know of any other technology that is being used in assisted living facilities for the betterment of the seniors living there today? Do let us know!