The tech industry is progressing at lightning speeds. The caregiving realm is just one of many industries that tech is now influencing. With seniors being the primary focus of caregiving, there are new innovations that can ensure caregivers have the best means of taking care of their patients.

Caregiving can take on a number of different forms. Some are professional caregivers and may work with clients in their homes or living facilities. Others are non-professional but care for loved ones or clients in similar ways.

In new ways, emerging technology helps seniors and caregivers receive and provide the best care.

Telehealth

Telehealth is an overall network that can help caregivers and seniors alike. This network consists of health-related services through electronic devices and information. Telehealth uses telecommunication to transfer information from one device to another.

For instance, a GPS tracker that a senior wears on their wrist counts as part of Telehealth. It’s specifically for health-related purposes and can send a location to a receiving device. A product like that could help in instances of emergencies.

Telehealth provides advice, reminders, remote monitoring and admissions. It makes long-distance patient care possible. With it, caregiving has taken on a new, efficient look that improves caregiving for everyone involved.

Remote Patient Monitoring

As Telehealth is the umbrella that encompasses all health related-tech, remote patient monitoring is one of the innovations that make caregiving accessible.

With remote monitoring, a caregiver can track a patient’s health and activity. And since some monitoring comes with medication reminders too, caregivers can help seniors stay on track and healthy. As the system stores health information, caregivers can better understand their patients and prepare for how to treat them.

Some tracking comes with alerts too. These could take the form of notification when a patient misses a dose or treatment. Others integrate WiFi or GPS into their systems, too, for high-tech involvement with the patients.

Because of the information they hold though, you’ll want to protect patients with cybersecurity so as not to let hackers infiltrate and steal any data.

Personal Emergency Response Systems

An emergency is at the top of the priority list for any caregiver. While some tools can help with preparing for emergencies, others help in the moment. A personal emergency response system can be potentially life-saving.

These response systems are small, lightweight devices that can be a necklace, bracelet or slip into a patient’s pocket. After setting up the device, all the senior would need to do is press the button. This device can improve long-distance care or aid in the middle of the night.

Easily accessible and ready for use, these response systems are always there in instances of emergencies.

Home Hubs

In general, central home hubs have become a common household feature. Devices like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home are changing the way you live for the better. They make tasks that could be tough for some, like getting up to find the remote, easy and mindless.

These devices can do many things including maintain daily routines, set reminders, change settings on the TV, play media, call or message contacts and more. For a senior or anyone with limited abilities, these tasks can become challenges. Since home hubs are voice-activated, patients won’t have to worry about getting up.

Caregivers can rest, too, knowing that patients will be conserving energy and solely using their voice.

AR and VR

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are becoming big in the tech industry. While some of their primary uses are for video games and entertainment, they are quickly becoming part of other industries, too. And caregiving is one of them.

These platforms allow caregivers to train and prepare for every situation. Since AR and VR can simulate various environments and situations, caregivers can immerse themselves in something like a typical day or an emergency. This will help them better prepare for serious events in the future.

With AR, VR and all other tech innovations, caregiving takes on a modern approach. It allows patients and caregivers to connect faster and know each other better like never before.

Written by Kayla Matthews
Kayla Matthews writes about medical technologies and news developments for publications like The Week, BioMed Central and Kareo's Go Practice Blog. To read more posts by Kayla, visit her on Twitter @KaylaEMatthews or check out her website: http://productivitybytes.com.

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