The New Age of Elderly Care
Guest blog by Casey
As men and women get older, their health requires more assistance. Traditional care for elderly men and women involved the use of younger individuals who worked to provide for their needs. As advancements in technology continue, more men and women are able to stay at home longer as the direct result of technology that makes it possible to get around and fulfill personal needs.
Changes in Elderly Care
Geriatric care is constantly changing to keep up with the advances in technology. In past generations, technology for elder care included alarm systems to send for help during falls or motorized chairs and seats that improved mobility when the body began struggling.
While the chairs, alarm systems and similar solutions are still available for men and women who choose to stay at home rather than live in assisted living facilities, newer options are constantly becoming available. Changes in technology are designed to help monitor senior health and improve quality of life for a longer period of time when human assistance is not yet a consideration.
The change in care for seniors is designed around the idea of helping them stay at their own home for longer periods of time. The goal is cutting back on the expense of elder care in facilities, particularly when the individual is still healthy and capable of maintaining their home with a little help from newer technological advances.
Gadgets in Testing
A wide range of companies are seeking new ways to help baby boomers stay at home and remain independent without risking their health. As more individuals are reaching older ages, the need for technology that helps improve quality of life and maintain independence is growing increasingly useful.
Technological games, cameras, motion detection systems, and similar gadgets are in the testing phase to determine if it can help find health problems by changes in the way the individual moves, walks, talks and even types. Puzzle games that monitor factors like typing speed, the ability to solve the problems and the changes in performance are geared toward noticing changes to the mental capability of the individual. By watching for problems like sudden inability to remember how to spell words that were once always correct, it is possible to notice the first stages of certain age-related illnesses.
Beyond the basics of games, new elder care gadgets include monitoring systems that watch for changes to the gait of an individual, walking speed, and other potential changes in movement that suggest potential health problems. The monitoring systems make use of cameras, heat sensors, and motion detectors to record the changes.
Elder care is constantly changing to keep up with new advances in technology. As further tests are performed, it is expected that more older adults will be able to stay at home rather than living in assisted facilities.
About the Author: Casey Haslem is a professional writer that enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with her family. She also has experience in geriatric care, and supports Fedelta Care Solutions.