With the introduction of newer applications, data strategies, assistive listening devices and more, technology is helping to improve the quality of life of seniors, especially those in care facilities. The pandemic accelerated the implementation of advanced technologies and now more seniors own a smartphone or take part in video conferencing and telehealth, for example. This has allowed them to reach out to family and friends remotely and access more information related to their health. Here are a few examples of how technology is improving the quality of life of seniors.
With automated messaging services such as SMS for Healthcare, the families of seniors in residents and assisted living facilities can receive regular updates about their well-being and daily activities. This is now a common service and provides families with peace of mind. The pandemic helped to raise awareness of the importance of these types of messaging services as people weren’t able to visit their loved ones.
The pandemic also brought about the telehealth trend. Rather than visiting doctors and medical professionals in person, patients have access to these online and can even have prescriptions ordered right to their door. More and more seniors are now using telehealth. The accessibility of this technology means that seniors can use telehealth to manage chronic conditions and this is much more convenient than arranging a visit to the doctor, especially for those with mobility issues.
Advances in hearing technology
Advances in hearing technology such as high-tech customizable hearing aids and wearables have greatly improved the quality of life of seniors with hearing loss. The latest hearing aids are compatible with other devices such as TVs, smartphones, and smart home systems and have Bluetooth connectivity. Developments in communication software have meant that many platforms have assistive listening features and can also be synced with hearing aids. This allows seniors with hearing loss to maintain a social life which is very beneficial for their mental well-being.
Since the start of the pandemic, it’s become much more commonplace to make video calls to nursing homes in place of in-person visits. This has led to an increase in use of this type of technology by seniors. With adjustable features to improve sound quality, and visibility, portable devices such as tables are now being designed specifically for seniors. Many people are comfortably able to get in touch with their loved ones as often as they need to.
With the implementation of the latest data strategy, patients are able to have better access and greater control over their health and care data. Records are shared between systems and patients can access test results, medication, care plans, and more. This makes it much easier for seniors to manage their healthcare and receive the information they need. The aim of this data strategy is to help deliver better patient focused care and support healthcare staff. Accelerated access of data in real-time will help to improve care and save lives, and provide a more responsive service.