How will care homes look in the future?

The world population is growing, people become older and the individual needs of older generations are becoming more complex. That is why it is important for care homes to investigate in greater amounts of, more intelligent, technologies.

When looking on the long-term, it is important to create a sustainable living environment to house patients, it does not matter if these patients need care 24/7 or only a few times a day. Technology will help the doctors and care providers analysing the individual need of a patient. Meaning, nobody is treated in the same way.

In the future, the use of technology must help to ensure that patients remain safe within care homes while allowing them to live a longer, healthier life. Iseco started to realise this, by creating a system that controls the behavior of a patient. For example, sensors announce an alarm when a patient has fallen. This makes sure that the patient is always controlled. Not by looking every hour in the room, but by using technology. This results in more time left for the care provider who can use this for other important aspects.

Whilst sensors aim to improve the security and safety of patients living within care homes, sensor technologies can also be swallowed when combined with drugs in pill form. Once the pill has been swallowed and dissolved in the stomach, a signal is delivered, and data can be sent to a smartphone app. This allows the care provider to check if pills have been taken at the correct moment. Whenever somebody does not take them, the person can be treated in a different way and will be helped. As well, using this technology makes sure that doctors can track how well patients are adhering to their medication. If they are not taking well to a certain type of medication, then this can be rectified as early as possible and the medication can be changed to benefit the patient’s health and needs.

Another technology used in the future will be automated dosage systems. Small, implantable devices can release medication from inside the body, controlled by an embedded microchip. For people with long-term conditions- or for women on contraception, dosages can be given for up to ten years without patients having to physically induce medications.

Using these technologies will conform to patients and help to guarantee their safety while living in care.

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