It’s really no secret that the population of aging seniors is increasing. As a percentage of the demographic in the United States (as well as throughout the world), seniors are becoming a larger piece of the proverbial pie. That means there’s going to be an increased demand on not just health care services across the spectrum, but also in other elder care needs.
The home care industry, as a whole, has been anticipating this increase in demand for some time. The baby boomer generation is now retiring and it is expected that seniors will comprise a greater percentage of the population for the next 20 or 30 years.
Home care is the number one job creator at the moment, but the basic services these aides and visiting nurses provide are not the only factor driving the market itself to new heights. Technology is playing an increasing role in helping seniors and disabled adults remain home, safe, and comfortable as well as get the proper medical attention they need to stay healthy.
In a press release, Long-term Care and Home Healthcare Market 2018 Global Analysis, Opportunities [a]nd Forecast [t]o 2023, released November 1, 2018, it was noted:
“Elder care technologies are broadly defined as products and systems that increase the health status and quality of life for seniors. In this report, elder care technologies include two groups of monitoring systems: home tele-health and safety monitoring. Home tele-health is the use of technology to deliver care in a patient’s place of residence. Home tele-health includes monitoring of the patient’s physiological parameters and symptoms as well as education about the patient’s condition. Using home tele-health, a senior can stay connected to a healthcare professional or caregiver from home, using regular telephone lines, the internet and cellphones. In this report, safety monitoring systems represent the intersection of high-tech gadgetry and medicine to maintain the well-being of seniors at home or on the go. Mr. H. Roshan (a physiotherapist from Ahmed Orthopedic Hospital) says, “Various safety aids have given advantages to older patients who are bedridden due to certain health problems.” In this study, safety monitoring technologies include assist-call devices, medication management products, wander management systems, fall management devices, smart home systems and robotically enhanced mobility assistance devices. These technologies increase, maintain and improve the functional capabilities, independence and safety of seniors.’’
Monitoring devices, communication options, and even entertainment can all help improve quality of life. Visiting nurses and home care aides can improve communication to ensure continuity of service for elderly clients through technology. Even monitoring devices that are wearable technology improve care when an aging senior may be dealing with various health issues.
When doctors, nurses, and family have increased options to stay abreast of the challenges, needs, and overall health of seniors, it promotes a higher quality of life and safety for those aging men and women who may not have had these benefits previously.
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