The senior care industry is becoming more and more progressive as it continues to utilize new developments in technology to provide better and more efficient care. Senior Housing News has rounded up some new products and platforms along with an end-of-the-year technology article that wraps up 2011 and lists trends that are worth following in the coming year.
1. Independa: Integrated Telecare Suite for Independent Elderly
In early 2012, Independa, Inc. will launch Artemis, a new monitoring platform of health, safety, and activity sensors that will expand caregivers’ ability to help the elderly to safely and healthily remain living at home with the help of cost-effective virtual care.
2. Aldebaran Robotics: NAO Next Gen Robot
Aldebaran has released its latest version of the NAO robot, which can be used to care for those losing their autonomy and was created with the aim of contributing to humankind’s well-being. Features include a new on-board computer suitable for multi-tasking calculations, two HD cameras, and a new, faster and more reliable vocal-recognition program.
3. Vigilan: iPhone/iPad Mobile App for Nurse Charting
Available in March 2012, senior living software provider Vigilan announced earlier this month a new, free mobile application that enables the collection of assisted living resident vital signs to an iPhone or iPad that can help nursing staff save time by eliminating the need for paper charting and data entry. The software is HIPAA-compliant and can download resident basic data from the Vigilan Administrator database.
4. Bupa Health Foundation and Alzheimer’s Australia Release Brain Health App in the UK
The Bupa Health Foundation and Alzheimer’s Australia announced the UK launch of BrainyApp, a “world-first” brain health application, earlier this month. The iPhone, iPad, and iPod app is designed to help people improve their brain-heart health by monitoring the physical, mental, dietary, and social aspects of their lifestyle. The app allows users to take a brain-heart survey about their diet, exercise patterns and lifestyle, and then provides suggestions for how to make improvements in each.
5. Aging In Place Technology Watch: 2011 Wrap and 2012 Trends to Watch
Aging in Place Technology Watch’s December 2011 Newsletter runs through senior care technology announced or launched in 2011 and provides predictions for the upcoming year. Applications and other devices to help seniors remain at home feature prominently as technology developments that will shape 2012.
Written by Alyssa Gerace