Managing chronic conditions and maintaining day-to-day tasks can create hurdles for seniors who wish to remain in their homes as they age. More and more these days, we are seeing a boom in innovative technology and services that can help overcome aging-in-place barriers. The pandemic served as a catalyst for digital health technology overall, including the senior care arena. During lockdowns, many seniors relied on video calls to connect with families and on telehealth services for virtual doctor’s appointments.
The growing hospital-at-home movement also is bringing about more healthcare technologies for older adults and seniors. In-home care providers like Amada Senior Care are pioneering the use of technology in their care provision, ensuring that seniors can continue to live independently, confidently and comfortably in their own homes. Some of the most promising technologies and automated services are improving the quality of life and fostering independence for seniors.
Telemedicine for Senior Healthcare
One of the most significant advancements in healthcare technology, telemedicine enables seniors to attend their medical appointments from the comfort of their home. This technology has been incredibly useful for those managing chronic conditions common in seniors such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, COPD, CHF, stroke recovery and others. Doctors can remotely monitor patients’ health, adjust treatment plans, and provide immediate care when needed. Telemedicine reduces the need for travel, making healthcare more accessible for everyone, especially those with mobility issues.
Home Monitoring and Alert Systems to Keep Seniors Safe
Smart home technology is no longer just about convenience; it’s now a vital tool for seniors wishing to age in place. Home monitoring systems and medical alert devices can detect falls, alert medical professionals in case of emergencies, monitor vital signs, and even track medication usage. Not only do these technologies provide peace of mind for both seniors and their families, but they also act as an extra layer of protection, enabling independence at home. Similarly, home care agencies like Amada Senior Care offer PERS devices that supplement the services of an in-home caregiver. Amada Connect is designed to summon a first responder in the event of a senior fall or other emergency.
Medication Management Tools for Seniors
There are several high-tech tools available to help seniors manage their medication schedules. These include smart pillboxes that can dispense medication at the right time and send reminders to the user. There are also smartphone apps that can help manage medication schedules, provide reminders, and alert caregivers if a dose is missed. These tools reduce the risk of medication errors, a common problem among seniors managing multiple medications. Enter current technology such as the Hero Health automated pill dispenser, a smart tool that holds up to 90 days’ worth of 10 medications, comes with an app, allows for remote (caregiver) medication management if the senior is unable to manage technology, provides pill alerts, a refill delivery service, and more.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Might Boost Senior Cognition
Although virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) may sound like they belong in a sci-fi movie, they are becoming incredibly valuable in senior care. New studies show that these technologies can provide cognitive stimulation for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, helping them re-engage with past experiences and reduce anxiety. VR and AR can also be used for physical therapy, assisting in balance and coordination training. They also can be used to prevent senior isolation with new tech devices like Apple’s Vision Pro goggles and Meta’s Quest VR headsets transporting users to places that are almost impossible for seniors to visit in real life, such as the International Space Station.
In-Home Care Services by Amada Senior Care
Beyond technology, in-home care services such as those provided by Amada Senior Care offer an essential resource for seniors wishing to age in place. These trained caregivers assist seniors with activities of daily living, from personal care and meal preparation to transportation and companionship. This support can be customized to the unique needs of each senior, creating an environment that promotes independence and quality of life. Seniors can pay for these in-home care services through their long-term care insurance (LTCi) policies or by private pay, making it a flexible option for many families.
Technological advancements, combined with quality in-home care services, are revolutionizing the way seniors live and helping them navigate the senior care journey. These innovative solutions are breaking down the barriers and changing our perception of what it means to age in place, enabling more seniors to maintain their independence and live life on their terms.
“Smart Tech to Enhance Senior Independence,” written by Michelle Flores, Amada blog contributor.