Technology is constantly evolving, and it is essential to stay up to date with the top trends in senior living for 2018. At Silversphere we provide technology that helps in delivering resident safety and security, real-time information, staff efficiency, and risk reduction. We offer services such as customizable emergency call systems, 24-hour personal technical support, constant information gathering for security, and much more. The top technology trends in senior living for 2018 revolve around wearables, devices and applications, telemedicine, voice activation, and overall integration.
Technology that can be physically worn, such as a smartwatch, is considered wearables. It is technology that individuals can feel, touch, and use every day. Wearables can provide a great health benefit for seniors, with the ability to monitor their vital signs or help to predict when a fall or other adverse health incident may occur. Research conducted by the National Institute of Health has shown an increase in the risk of falling when seniors do not get adequate amounts of sleep. Being able to monitor specific risk factors in residents can help to minimalize accidents and help maintain safety.
Devices and Applications
Often when older adults move into a senior living community, it can be a challenging transition that may feel as though control of their own life is being taken away. Devices that are put in the resident’s care can improve their quality of life by giving them some power back and can also help monitor their health levels. Some examples of devices are tablets, smartphones, lighting systems, activity trackers, and more. Specific applications that work with devices can help accomplish daily tasks, play games, but can they help residents with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. A new app named Timeless will enable residents to test memory with images of loved ones. It also allows residents with Alzheimer’s to use facial recognition software in images to notify the user of who is in the image and how they are related to them. At Silversphere, we also have apps to improve the lives of seniors such as our Atmos™ Mobile application. This app allows you to view resident alarms and system alert from any location, view caregiver shifts and breaks, and other helpful monitoring options.
Wearables with devices and applications can help improve the lives of seniors and telemedicine can help improve their health. At Silversphere, we already implement telemedicine with our own staff for optimal ease and preserved health. Telemedicine has the opportunity for a primary healthcare professional to educate multiple seniors via videoconference. With certain wearables and applications, healthcare professionals can also monitor senior’s vitals, such as blood sugar and blood pressure. With physicians available through videoconference this can save seniors the physical trip of commuting to a doctor’s office. With more off-site appointments it can lessen certain sicknesses due to little exposure to the elements.
Many different types of technology are more commonly being activated by voice commands. These can be very beneficial and create ease of use for any resident using it. Seniors can reserve their energy when they are sick or just laying down with lights that can be activated with certain commands. With voice activated devices such as Amazon Alexa, a resident can control TV volume, music volume, and countless other in-home factors. This also gives residents a sense of control safety when they move to an assisted living community. Voice activation can also provide certain security fallbacks especially when integrated with other technology.
Interoperability or integration is one of the biggest trends in technology for senior living for 2018. If senior living communities as a whole can integrate technologies across the board, it can provide a better experience for everyone involved. Each of the previous categories can improve lives, but when they are interoperable it has the greatest benefits. With a resident’s wristband monitoring vitals and sleep patterns combined with devices that monitor movement, such as room sensors, it can provide allocated data to providers to help in prevent incidents and monitoring for quick response during emergencies.
There are certain challenges for successful integration such as creating a system with a user-friendly frontend and an efficient enough back-end to successfully gather and transfer all the sources of data that creates actionable insights. Another challenge that senior living communities face is achieving integration for each resident throughout the entire community. It can also become challenging to educate seniors on the complexity of new technologies and how to use them. Then finally, cost can be a challenge for senior living communities to implement these new technologies.
Users can overcome these challenges through various ways. At Silversphere, we build systems specifically designed for seniors and senior living communities to help educate staff and residents. To learn more about how we can help your loved one or community contact us today!