Martin Bixel - 28 Sep - 0 Comments
As the need for care homes has increased over time, so has the demand for intelligent, assistive technologies that help run these homes. More people in the UK are living longer than their previous generations, thanks to advancements in medical technology. However, when it comes to care homes, we are still not adequately equipped to handle the dynamic changes in this segment.
However, new technology is bringing a change in the way care homes are managed. Seniors in the UK are now demanding longer, healthier lives which could be provided in these care homes under effective supervision.
We talked to Royal blind, specializing in Paisley based care homes for elderly and the blind, about the future of these establishments in the UK.
Better quality of life
Care homes will no more be a place for the elderly to spend the last few of their years. The care homes of the near future will start focusing on quality living. Jane Ashcroft talked about providing ‘healthier and longer lives’ to seniors in the Silver Chic report. In the next 2 decades, quality of care homes will have improved manifold.
One of the simplest, yet most important changes will be providing residents more time in the sunlight. Care homes will come out of virtual isolation to allow residents to visit nearby parks to socialize with other people in their community. It will help them improve their quality of life and avoid loneliness.
Advanced technology will help in providing healthier and better assisted lives to the residents of care homes. The new care homes will be safer, designed to ensure high-end security within and outside the premises of the home. This is not all. Sensors can help the care staff in knowing if a patient has fallen or when they have stopped activity.
Dementia patients will be able to find their living quarters easily as they will now be able to identify them through brightly colored buildings and objects. When such technologies are applied to newer care homes, the seniors will feel more comfort. In fact, they will depend less on caregivers too and it will make them feel more confident.
Independence for the patients
Future care homes will be equipped with assistive technologies that help the residents become more independent. These technologies will ensure safety and patient comfort. Patients will be more self-sufficient as wearable devices will be measuring their heart rates, blood pressure and activity. In fact, respiration rates and fluid retention can also be checked with ease. It is highly likely that admissions will be lowered and patients will be given necessary assistance, even from a distance.
Robotics in care homes
We do not have enough staff for providing care to seniors in the UK. The current staff remains overworked too. With the help of advanced robotics, caregiver staff will gain assistance too. Dementia patients can be calmed by using a robotic pet. Anxiety and depression sufferers will also get great results from these robotic pets who can respond to voice and touch. In fact, lights, curtains etc. could be controlled through voice which will lessen the burden on both the patients and caregivers.
The care homes of the future will be driven by technology. It will help them in getting a more comfortable experience and even manage age related issues when they are not admitted to care homes.