A common problem with seniors is whether or not they must move into a nursing home or are they able to stay living in their own homes?
There are many things available with today’s computer and other technological advances that can be used to make sure that is a possibility.
Some of the things that can be done to keep seniors living at home longer don’t require much in the way of technology. These include things like installing grab bars or putting in doorknobs that are easier to use. Others require the installation of things like computer monitoring systems, telehealth systems and similar gadgets to make the life of a senior better in their own homes.
One other basic technology being used in some medical centers is an automated pill box that flashed to tell the patient it’s time to take their pills. This helps them not to forget to take vital medications. If they open the wrong slot, it beeps and if they miss a dose, they automatically get a phone call to tell them to take the medicine.
All of these are controlled via a combination of an Internet site, cell phone and an electric plug outlet. Simple sounding, but it means all the world to a senior who doesn’t want to move out of their house.
“It’s really saved on visits and on time, and on re-hospitalization rates, we’ve seen a reduction,” said Rachel Meyers, director of community initiatives for MJHS.
There are also other devices that monitor everything from a patient’s weight and oxygen levels to their blood pressure and heart rate. Then the device sends that info over the phone and helps health care people figure out if the senior needs additional help.