IoT sensors and the compatible device can bridge the gap in which family members lack visibility and nurses lack time or assets even as the elderly population expands.
FREMONT, CA: The healthcare industry has reached a critical juncture. The baby boomers, the world's largest living generation with 72 million members, are approaching the age when they need more assistance. This surge in seniors aligns with the other care-related variables, along with Baby Boomers' evolving lifestyle expectations and current nursing scarcity. Providers, patients, but mostly their family members must reconsider what constitutes senior management care and how it's being provided.
Whether seniors are cared for at home and in an assisted living center, visibility, accountability, and actionability are essential. Technology can help families that are unable to be present 24 hours a day and nurses whose resources are already stretched thin in providing adequate care to seniors. IoT-enabled devices could provide real-time data on the patient's condition, location, and status, allowing providers and family members to remain current and react promptly as necessary.
Confirm Quality of Care
Patients and family members can use IoT-connected timecard readers to supervise healthcare professionals and automate billing based on the actual time spent in a residence instead of depending on family members and friends. This process guarantees worried families that suppliers are checking in as required and providing medicine, meals, and healthcare offerings that are compatible with the patient's needs. As a result, patients receive the care they require—and are accurately charged for it—while their family members and friends enjoy a sense of security.
Detect Emergencies Among High-Risk Patients
Wearable IoT-connected technology can help seniors avoid fatal injuries and avoid major medical bills for themselves and their families. For example, IoT-connected watches can automatically send out an alert if the wearer falls or presses a panic button. Devices could last for months on even a single charge, alleviating patients, family members, and suppliers of constant changeout.
Technology alone would not close the care gap, but by providing the right services to caregivers, seniors, and families, including the ones listed above, Baby Boomers and generations to come would be able to age gracefully and securely. Patients with dementia can benefit from IoT-connected systems as well. Healthcare professionals and families can locate family members if they wander away from home using watches with embedded GPS chips. This level of flexibility enables seniors to retain their independence even while receiving the outside support they deserve.
Ensure Equipment Is Functioning Correctly
IoT-enabled sensors are helpful to develop connected defibrillators which transmit data about the door's status and daily autotests and battery tests. Nurses can ensure that essential equipment is functioning and reallocate focus to other elements of patient care with this central supervision.
As even the elderly population expands, families and healthcare professionals should embrace care to best accommodate client care depending on the materials they do or don't have at their disposal. IoT-enabled gadgets fill in the gaps when families don't have access to information and nurses don't have enough time or resources.