All care homes strive to provide a high standard of care to their residents, and while this has been possible for decades now, technology is undeniably making the entire ordeal much easier. As a resident, it’s easy to feel isolated and misunderstood, and while care homes have always done a fantastic job of creating communities and being inclusive with their residents, technology is bringing the standard of care to completely new levels. Care homes in London, Edinburgh and all around the world are utilising new technologies, but what are they, exactly? Read on to find out.
As a resident in a care home, it’s easy to feel isolated from your family and friends, however they’re likely to have very busy schedules and thus find it difficult to visit the care home on a regular basis. Luckily, with new telecommunications applications available such as FaceTime and Skype, residents are now able to get in touch with their relatives with more than just a crackly voice through the end of a phone. Now, residents can physically communicate with their relatives, being able to see them on a big screen to improve the social aspect. This particular technology has really helped in care homes to raise the spirits of residents, making them feel that little bit closer to their distant relatives.
Smart Assistive Technology
Residents with long-term conditions or disabilities are helped massively thanks to the introduction of assistive technology within the care home. Allowing residents to feel independent within the care home is essential for their wellbeing, and assistive technology is able to offer just that as it allows residents to perform activities that they may have found much more challenging beforehand. For example, residents with Parkinson’s disease are heavily benefitting with the use of Verily, as this can provide health professionals and carers with information about tremor characteristics and the change of them over time, making treatments easier to distribute.
Medical conditions are always highly unpredictable, even more so amongst the elderly. Frequent hospital trips can be highly inconvenient, not to mention unnerving for the resident, which is why hospital-level diagnostics has been utilised highly in care homes in recent years. Portable x-ray machines and blood testing kits all fall under this bracket, allowing carers to provide a higher quality of care, as well as allowing them to generate a higher understanding of the individual requirements of each resident.
Ease Of Mobility
Luckily, residents with reduced mobility now have access to mobility scooters and high quality wheelchairs in order to navigate themselves around with ease, and care homes are beginning to cater for these advancements. In recent years, we’ve seen an increasing number of care homes providing wheelchair-friendly walkways, as well as dedicated scooter parks and charging points throughout to allow those relying on a mobility scooter to keep their vehicles charged. Furthermore, those without a mobility scooter yet still struggling with mobility have access to golf buggies, allowing them to get around outside the care home with ease.
Technology has its uses in every industry, however it’s making such a large difference to the lives of those living in a care home. Already, technology has allowed residents to feel much more included, as it has assisted in providing personalised, high-quality care to each individual, so only time can tell how far the advancements will go.