The IoT and Elderly Care – How Smart Tech Is Improving Homecare for Seniors

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The IoT and Elderly Care – How Smart Tech Is Improving Homecare for Seniors

Thanks to medical and nutritional breakthroughs, people are now leading longer, healthier lives. About 65 million US citizens are providing elderly care for their parents and grandparents, and this number is expected to increase.

We all want to live independently our entire lives, but as we get older, it becomes more difficult. In the past, elderly individuals incapable of leading fully independent lives often found themselves confined in nursing care or rehabilitation centers.

Their loved ones don't want them living at home by themselves despite the fact that they may still have mental acuity and physical strength. Taking care of an aging loved one at home is still — has always been — an option. Anyone who has ever played to role of a sole caregiver to an aging loved one is quite familiar with the anxieties that come with it– is grandpa wandering out of the house in the middle of the night? Is mom's bedroom warm enough in the middle of winter? Is Nana safe while home alone?

The Internet of Things

Fortunately, the adoption of smart home technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) is making this transition significantly easier. It allows people to stay at home without affecting their independence or costing the earth. When it comes to in-home care, smart home technology, and IoT comes with significant improvements for the companies providing care, families arranging for the care, and for the individuals requiring care.

It doesn't matter whether they live at home or a nursing facility, the Internet of Things will improve the quality of life for the elderly. But how exactly will IoT improve the quality of elderly care? Here's how:

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Home Care Companies Will Enhance Customer Experience with IoT Solutions

Home care companies are using IoT technology to provide a high level of care at an affordable cost. Home care companies can use smart home security systems with sensors placed in mattresses, windows, and doors to transmit data. If these systems are installed in a multi-unit apartment, it can be used to develop a system that alerts the building supervisor in case of a problem. This can facilitate quick responses via remote monitoring.

Remote patient supervision can significantly reduce the cost of care for both the home care company and the family. In addition to that, the use of IoT solutions facilitates a high level of autonomy and privacy for an individual. Reporting and the use of dashboards allows better communication between the facility and the individuals family — they know their loved one is doing okay and is well taken care of.

Remote Monitoring Offers Safety and Peace of Mind

The ability of IoT and other smart technologies to provide remote monitoring to increase safety and security is a huge concern among many families. They are worried that something might happen to their loved ones if no one is around to provide assistance. Previously, this required the presence of a professional to monitor an individual. Many people who were after a certain level of privacy and autonomy didn't like this, plus hiring a night caregiver made the entire process more expensive.

Remote monitoring

The availability of IoT and other smart home solutions allows these companies to implement remote caregiving for their clients. Caregivers can be remotely updated as events happen in real time. Knowing this, safety and concern is no longer a concern for families — which gives them peace of mind — and individuals can get their desired level of autonomy and privacy.

Mobile Technology Has Made Everything Easier

Mobile technology has made the process of providing care for aging individuals easier. Families can refill prescriptions online, conduct remote interviews with potential employers, and individuals within the facilities can initiate video chats with colleagues and friends. Mobile technology and the Internet of Things, in addition, are on the verge of revolutionizing health care. Patients can easily connect with clinicians via mobile devices for services such as prescriptions, advice, diagnosis, and more.

The advantages of IoT and other smart home technologies will continue to become even more essential as the population increases and the demand for family caregivers continues to increase. Home care providers will become more affordable amidst the increasing aging population, thanks to technology, the Internet of Things, and smart homes. The future is even more promising since technology solutions will become more affordable, which will make the IoT and other artificial intelligence systems accessible to many homes and families.

By  Isaac ChristiansenEmbed

After graduating from medical school at the University of Michigan, Isaac started his own private orthopedic practice in Riverton Utah. Having dealt with and overcome many of the obstacles that come with entrepreneurship and small business ownership, Isaac has found a passion for helping the up and coming generation thrive in their careers and ultimately their lives.


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