How will the future look like for the elderly?

Last week there was a lot of news about cutting back on staff, which plays already for a longer period. As well, research discovered that more often employees are acting like carers but show fake diplomas. These things happen because there is a lot of demand for carers and often an urgent need to hire an employee. As a result, there is less critical scrutiny of the person who is going to provide care; an institution may be happy if it receives an applicant.

In order to prevent these practices, the needs of the care sector need to be looked at in other ways. At the moment technology is used inefficiently. There can be much more gained from technology than only, for example, online planning for employees. Last week we talked about how patients will be treated more personally. This week, the article goes a little deeper into this.

Combining technology, a lot is possible. Screens can be placed to make communication with doctors but also with the family easier. For example, a family member or acquaintance can be called with one click on a button. Even when the patient is in distress, it can click on another button to make sure this person is in direct contact with the care provider. The screens can also be used as a TV, making it possible to relax.

A place to relax is very important for the elderly. It is admirable for the patient but also for the caregiver, it gives a certain peace of mind. At the moment it is often the case that one large space has been created to relax, although this is not used in the correct way in practice. These spaces provide many stimuli, and this is precisely why elderly people feel uncomfortable. In the future, nursing homes want to look into the possibility of creating smaller “living spaces”. In this way, patients will remain calm and independent.

Now we often see that there are elderly people with portable technologies. These are currently used to monitor heartbeats, steps and distance traveled. In the future, they will also need to monitor fluid retention and respiratory rate. This will help to reduce hospital admissions so that patients can better understand their own symptoms before they need medical attention. By using this, costs will decrease, as well as the pressure on care providers will be reduced. It will cut back the number of people in care who become depressed, reduce the number of sicknesses and allow managers to regain control over their employees.

Robots will also be used in the future. Robots can read emotions and feelings in an intelligent way. This is very important for people suffering from dementia. Robots can help people who are considered unmanageable for carers. A robot can even help a patient in and out of bed in the future. Robots can also ensure that elderly people stay fit by helping them with walking or exercises. In the future, it will be impossible to imagine care without them.

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