How Technology Is Revolutionizing Elder Care
When it comes to your older loved ones, technology is probably not the first thing that comes to mind, but for elder care, technology is making brilliant strides in creating a better quality of life. In fact, the so-called “Internet of Things” is creating a much safer world for seniors who rely on others for their health care. Here are the ways in which technology is improving elder care.
Better Vitals Tracking
Many seniors are suffering from diseases that need to be monitored, and routine visits for blood pressure and blood sugar checks are tedious and costly. Wearable technology that can track these things and send information directly to the individual’s doctor or caregiver can help cut down on this inconvenience and expense. This allows for continuous monitoring without disruption of the senior’s quality of life.
Personal Emergency Response Systems
While not new, emergency response systems that an individual wears have greatly improved in recent years. Seniors who have a medical emergency can now contact the authorities for help with just the touch of a button. This allows for greater independence for those who wish for it.
From smart hearing aids that connect to phones via Bluetooth, to management apps that help those with cognitive impairments track daily necessities, disability assistance has come a long way with the help of technology. This can help keep seniors independent at home while also ensuring they are taking good care of themselves and remembering to take their medications.
Remote Monitoring Tools
As elder abuse attorneys, one of the problems we often see is family members who have no idea elder abuse is happening because they are trying to handle caregiving from some distance. Remote monitoring tools can help with this. One simple example is a “smart plug” that plugs into a device a senior uses daily, such as the coffee pot. The plug alerts the family caregiver when the machine is used. This allows for the caregiver to monitor changes in routine, which could indicate a problem, without having to call or visit daily.
As you can see, technology is making great improvements in caregiving and quality of life for seniors. Even if your senior loved one isn’t tech-savvy, you can use these technologies to make your tasks as a caregiver easier. For more information about senior caregiving topics, including elder abuse protection, contact the elder abuse attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere & Faulkner today at 1-800-281-8515.