What Have the Developments in Senior Medical Care Technology Changed?
Every area of your life has been revolutionized by technological advancements. How you work, raise your children, entertain yourself, and learn are all very different than they were for the generations that came before you.
It should come as no surprise that technology has revolutionized the way we diagnose, treat, and care for our loved ones as they age. Senior care technology is allowing older people to live longer, more enjoyable lives.
Here are a few of the numerous ways in which senior care has improved thanks to technological development.
Opportunities for an Engaging Lifestyle
Many elders want to stay in their homes as long as possible. Unfortunately, for many seniors, living in their homes alone can become difficult and unsafe.
When it's time for a secure alternative to living at home, a senior living community with senior care technology may be the answer. They may stay in touch with their family and doctors from the safety and ease of their own suites thanks to the numerous technological advancements. Doctors can now read their patients' vital signs and track other activities, such as medication compliance, without adding to the senior's life the burden of traveling for a check-up.
Enhancing Senior Care with Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence software is used by virtual or robotic assistants to send medication reminders or nudge seniors to get out of bed and exercise. They may also be utilized to talk with your elderly loved ones so they stay engaged while assessing their mental fitness.
Some of them even possess special features like automated calls to family and friends to keep the elderly connected. This device can also be linked to calendars and programmed to inform verbally when events or important dates are close.
Other possible features include fall detection systems and medical alert buttons or watches. These can be linked directly to emergency response services or the senior community medical staff for faster assistance.
Improvements in Senior Care
Medical technology has made significant strides in the last few decades, and this progress has benefited people of all ages and stages of life. Older individuals who have to deal with numerous illnesses, as well as decreased abilities, are the ones that benefit the most.
It's a struggle all by itself to handle several issues and the medicines used to treat them. And if there are numerous medical practitioners with their own appointments, procedures, and medications in play, it's easy to comprehend how even the most organized and intelligent person might get confused.
There are a number of tools available to assist caregivers keep everyone and everything aligned and focused on the patient's overall health and well-being.
Sharing information With Digital Records
The use of digital records may have saved more people than any other single new medical technology since their inception. Digital medical records allow every doctor, nurse, and caregiver working with a senior to see test results, notes, and medications dispensed by any other doctor in the network at all times.
This minimizes the chances of doctors prescribing treatments, medications, or procedures that may interact in an undesirable manner. Digital records are only as good as the individuals who maintain them, much like any technology. The misinterpretation of findings recorded in a digital record will not be prevented by the system.
It should also be mentioned that digital records are not universally accessible. Record sharing is presently limited to medical practices within a given network. For now.
Intelligent Medication Tracking Devices
It's difficult to keep track of which drug should be used and when. Many elders take a variety of medicines, each of which must be taken on a specific schedule in order for them to be effective.
Intelligent pillboxes are digital devices that can track and manage a person's medication schedule. They come in different styles and sizes, depending on the needs of the user. Pillboxes with programmable alarms notify an elderly individual when it is time to take their prescription. Several models include a locking mechanism that doesn't open until it's time for a particular pill to be taken. Both of these features are critical since memory and attention can deteriorate as a person ages.
Smart pill bottles with a digital link to doctors and pharmacies are currently in the works. This would allow healthcare professionals to keep track of when and how often a pill bottle is opened. This would allow for automatic refilling of medications, and it can be utilized to let the doctor get in contact with the patient and discuss how the medication is meant to be taken. Refills should be delivered promptly to minimize the risk of missed doses, but bottles that empty sooner or later than they are supposed to might indicate a medication is being taken incorrectly. A smart pill bottle will alert the doctor to this potential misuse of the medications and allow them to remedy it before harm is done.
Internet's Collective Consciousness
The internet has enabled humankind to share knowledge without distance being an issue. Now medical professionals from all over the planet — Be it from a rural village in Southeast Asia to the bustling metropolis of Europe and North America — are able to connect to each other. They now can share their experiences, innovations, triumphs, and defeats in real-time.
This connection has helped researchers better understand how and why people age and how to best manage the consequences of aging. This greater understanding of the human body's deterioration has resulted in new medications and therapies. It has also given rise to new theories about how diet, exercise, and lifestyle may help people live longer and healthier lives, delaying the onset of aging symptoms.
Faster and Accurate Diagnostic Technology
Many significant diagnostic tools have emerged from the development of innovative technology combined with a deeper understanding of what causes many illnesses. These instruments, such as an MRI or a CAT Scan, may show doctors where the problem is as well as provide a map to track the success or failure of treatment when used in conjunction with the appropriate software.
Some diagnostic equipment may provide new insights; however, some simply offer a faster and more precise method to obtain the information you desire.
Blood tests are no longer required to assess the amount of oxygen in a patient's blood. A finger-mounted sensor can provide this information in real-time. The same applies in other areas. Another example is how the use of a glucose sensor implanted in the body to measure blood sugar levels provides patients and doctors with continuous readings.
Technology-Enhanced Senior Care at LivGenerations
Take a look at what LivGenerations Agritopia has to offer your elderly loved ones if it's time to explore a new living situation for them. Our assisted living homes are adaptable to all phases of elder care and provide the ideal care for residents, whether they require minimally invasive senior care technology or full-time, round-the-clock care.
Contact us right away to learn how we may assist your elderly family members to become part of our high-end senior living community.