New advances in technology may allow some seniors who might otherwise be in nursing homes to stay in their own residences.
Emergency buttons on bracelets, automatic medication dispensers and even videomonitoring by healthcare providers are some of these advances.
Videomonitoring, in particular, can allow the elderly to consult with physicians using “call buttons” and also could lead to early detection of ailments. The technology could also take the burden off adult children or caregivers from round-the-clock care.
A study by Aging in Place Technology Watch said this technology can save money and even lives using programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly.
“It is clear from NewCourtland’s success with technology that PACE clients can live more independently and less expensively than in nursing homes,” the report said.
Claudia Lusca, LVN, clinic director for assisted living at Quaker Gardens, told McKnight’s alerts from automated monitoring system have the potential to save lives.
“We have had some incidences where alerts went off and staff went in and found a resident on the floor,” she said. “With the sensors, we were able to respond within minutes.”