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Technology is Changing Senior Care

April 30, 2019

 

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Elders face a unique set of medical factors that patients of other ages don’t typically worry about. With diseases like Alzheimer's and Dementia, physical health isn’t the only they have to look out for. Luckily, technology is making elder care more safe and efficient.

Developments that are enhancing elder care:

Devices that can prevent wandering
Patients with cognitive issues tend to wander, which can lead to them getting lost or hurt. Several devices have been crafted with this problem in mind. Devices such as bed alarms, door alarms, and GPS tracking pendants can give loved ones some relief. Although these devices may not deter patients from wandering, it allows nurses or family members to be aware of the situation.

A camera that prevents abuse
Many families are concerned that their loved ones will be neglected or abused by medical staff. Small cameras, like “nanny cams”, can help assure that an elderly person is being treated properly. Placing the camera in indiscreet locations will allow the family to see how their relative is being cared for.

Smartphones and self-care
There is an app for everything these days! For example, seniors can use an app to keep up with medication, exercise, and heart rate. Having proof of their accomplishments may also encourage them to move around and stay physically active. Getting your loved one a mobile device is a good way to make sure that they’re taking care of themselves.

Remote technology offers additional protection
Even if you are unable to be with your family member all the time, there are ways to make sure that they are safe. Advancements such as medical alert bracelets, sensors that turn off the stove, alarms that let you know if the water was left running, will help keep seniors in a safe environment. There are also medication dispensers that will sound an alarm if a daily dosage is missed.

Although senior care is still in progress, technology is allowing family, and medical professionals, keep patients safe and happy.


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