Technology is and has been a powerful force driving the modern world. It has changed millions of lives and continues to advance opportunities for millions of people. Currently, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other innovations are the main focus of the future of modern technology, but there are several other markets that are robust in research and development.
One of those markets involves the home care industry. Financial benefit and gain is one of the primary drivers for innovation. Without financial funding and backing, many ideas become abandoned or simply don’t have the resources available to push them forward. Thanks to the increasing demand for in-home care support services as well as other factors, not the least of which involves hospitals facing potential fines for not reducing readmissions, technologies for in-home care support are improving and advancing.
A recent report discussed this prospect and how it will likely impact aging seniors and disabled adults who wish to remain at home. As noted in the tech news blog, Technologies for Long-Term Care and Home Healthcare Market SWOT Analysis 2019 by Current trends, Growth Factors, Challenges, and Opportunities, written by Chris Lawrence:
“This report focuses on the global market for long-term care and home healthcare technologies used in elder care, specifically home tele-health and safety monitoring. The report provides an updated review of elder care technologies including types and applications. This report does not include the most common assistive devices (e.g., vision, hearing and daily living aids). Instead, it focuses on information and communication technologies. The report analyzes the current trends, drivers and challenges in long term care and home healthcare in regard to elder care.”
It’s not just assistive devices that are important for people who may have difficulty with mobility and other health issues, but also communication technologies. Being able to communicate with a doctor or visiting nurse, even in real-time, is a crucial factor that may allow more people to remain home, even as they deal with significant health issues.
Current technologies are making it possible for home health care providers and other aides to offer more support to an increasing demographic of clientele. Patients who have the opportunity to remain home instead of spending considerable time in a nursing home or hospital setting, for example, will often have improved emotional and mental outlook, reduced costs, and a better overall outlook on life.
There are limits to what traditional methods of treatment and support offer, but with advancing communicative technologies on the horizon, this may open the pathway for more aging seniors to enjoy the benefits of remaining home, even as they deal with more health issues and physical challenges.
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