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Using Technology to Improve Senior Care

Posted by HarborChase on Jul 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM | 3 minute read

Using Technology to Improve Senior Care at HarborChase

Senior care technology is an ever-changing industry and while you may not think that senior living communities would feature a lot of technology, they do. The goal of communities, like HarborChase Senior Living, is to keep your loved one safe! That way they can have some R&R, and you can rest a little easier, too. We take pride in every service, every amenity, and every safety feature provided at our community. Here are some of the cutting-edge senior care technologies available.

Fall Alert Systems

While falling at a younger age may seem like nothing, it can make a big difference in the quality of life for an older adult. According to the CDC, in 2015 alone, the medical costs of falls alone totaled more than $50 billion! There may not be a way to 100% prevent falling, but there are ways of making it better. Fall alert systems are just one of the many facets of senior care technology. These systems don’t prevent falls, but they do prevent your loved one from suffering in silence. These alert systems come in all shapes and sizes. Some are necklaces, and some are just traditional buttons. 

As fall-related injuries grow in regularity and severity, these systems get more advanced and are helping prevent the worst-case scenarios. During an incident, response time is key in preventing any further injuries. These systems have been created to reduce the time it takes to reach a victim of a fall and that’s why they’re so popular.

At HarborChase Senior Living, we know that falls and accidents are bound to happen. While these systems help, they aren’t preventative. If you’re worried about your loved one falling, the best preventative strategy is physical activity. Keeping the senior in your life healthy plays a crucial role in keeping them safe. You can check out some exercise tips here!READ: 5 EXERCISE TIPS FROM A HARBORCHASE ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR

Voice Assistants

Voice assistants may not be as present in your life, depending on your lifestyle, but devices s like the Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant are finding their way into homes. While most use these items to play music or ask questions, seniors are using them differently. For a senior, a voice assistant could be a simple reminder to take their medication. As these devices creep into households, one thing is for sure, they are useful! Another use for them can be a simple task-setting device. Your loved one can do a lot with one of these, but the most common is just that -  set reminders or even contact emergency services.

Wearable Tech

Depending on the age of your loved one, they may or may not have access to a smartphone. Senior care technology is designed for ease of use and safety. Wearable technology, like smartwatches, are becoming huge in the senior living industry. Fitbit specifically is becoming one of the few significant companies dedicating product towards seniors. You may find yourself thinking, ‘How can a smartwatch benefit my loved one?’ And you wouldn’t be alone. Smartwatches don’t just tell time or allow you to search your notifications conveniently. They also track their heart rate, exercise, and some can monitor their quality of sleep. While it may not seem like the obvious solution, it is one growing in popularity.

Senior care technology has been shifting in the last few years. Specific products were developed for younger crowds, and they are growing in popularity among seniors who are becoming more technologically educated and aware of these devices. At HarborChase Senior Living, we realize this as well, and our communities are growing and adapting to these changes. We are maintaining a healthy, luxurious, and safe community for our residents. If you’d like to contact us, feel free!

Topics: HarborChase Senior Living, Technology, Safety

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