Technology Helps Seniors Stay At Home

Many elderly individuals are resistant to leaving their homes and moving into an assisted living facility. Advances in technology, however, are making it easier for elder individuals to stay in their homes while still receiving remote medical supervision.

More and more devices are being designed to help individuals stay in their homes. Devices can help patients remember to take their medications. More advanced products can measure vital signs and transmit them to a medical facility on a regular basis. If something is amiss, the patient will receive a call from a nurse or a doctor.

Another product puts sensors in beds, detecting movements. When a patient gets up, and does not return in the middle of the night, this can trigger a series of alerts that will result in help being sent to the house within the hour.

It should be noted that there is no substitute for face to face contact with medical professionals. Many individuals, however, simply cannot afford to stay at home and pay for a professional to visit them on a daily basis.

For more information, check out this recent article in the New York Times.

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yap! indeed technologies have a great contribution in our lives especially for seniors who lacks strenght because of oldness, while staying in senior homes they could do chores because of the help of this technologies.

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