In what ways does technology improve senior care?
Connected scales, remote sensors, and blood pressure cuffs, and remote glucose monitors are examples of technological innovations that can directly benefit the elderly and support ageing in place. Also, many apps use voice recognition, predictive analytics, and telemedicine to ensure medication adherence. Let’s introduce you to some of the latest products on the market
• Providing ease of mind to elders.
Reemo monitors an individual’s steps, heart rate, sleep patterns, and other motions in real-time using wearable gadgets and smart-home technology. Contextual indicators, such as how often the bathroom light was switched or how often the door opened throughout the day, can be used if the provider chooses. These elements are combined in the cloud and provided to the family or caregiver via a dashboard. According to Al Baker, Reemo’s founder, and CEO, “the combined picture communicates to providers and caregivers who are off their baselines and who have been deviating in a negative way so that they can initiate an intervention or do an assessment.” He then added that the goal is to manage people better with better data, without spending more time or hiring more people.
• Handling the demand for caregivers
With the growth in the ageing population, the demand for caregivers has also increased. Based on AARP’s report, by 2020, the United States will have around 50 million caregivers, with about 45 million of them being unpaid family members. At the same time, almost 120 million individuals will require caregiver assistance.
• Leading players of the market
Honor, CareLinx, and Hometeam are among the organizations that have entered this market to fill the void. Honor, for example, serves as the Uber of caregivers, ensuring that treatments are scheduled quickly and safely. CareLinx, on the other hand, hires caregivers to assist with mobility, medication management, companionship, meals, and other tasks. The company presently operates in the country’s 50 major markets.