The healthcare industry relies heavily on technological advances so it can provide the best possible care, and people involved in long-term care are increasingly turning to new developments as they look for better ways to care for seniors. Here is a variety of technological news from around the Internet, including a service that can help seniors age in place, and a program that assists caregivers in transmitting vital information quickly and efficiently.
1. EPS Security: “Medical Alert” Services for Independent Seniors
EPS Security, a residential and business security provider, is expanding its product offerings to include a new Medical Alert service in February that pairs state-of-the-art ‘pendant’ communications device with EPS operators for a live, personalized response to senior citizens who want to maintain their independence in their home setting.
2. Harmony: Online Access to Info about Long-Term Care Options
Harmony Information Systems, Inc. announced on Jan. 26 that it is offering an enhanced solution for managing Aging and Disability Resource Centers through a product suite that features a new Web Resource Center module which enables states and local agencies to implement a consumer-facing website that gives seniors and their family members access to information about available public and private long-term supports and services programs.
3. University of Auckland: Health Robots and Retirement Villages
“The University of Auckland [New Zealand] recently relaunched a trial on the use of ‘healthbots’ (robots used in health care) at the Selwyn retirement village in New Zealand,” reports IAHSA. “Different models perform the tasks of collecting heart beat and blood pressure readings and are able to remind residents to take their medications.” Read more.
4. Remedi SeniorCare: Enhanced Platform for Communication and Information Exchange
Remedi SeniorCare, a long-term care pharmacy, recently launched Connexit, which it describes as an “advanced integrated technology solution enabling long-term care facilities to more efficiently and accurately communicate and exchange information with Remedi” including complex medication orders, electronic health records, resident admission/discharge/transfer information, and e-prescriptions. Suggested benefits of the platform include labor and cost efficiencies, faster delivery speed, and increased accuracy and safety.
5. Study: Exergaming and Older Adult Cognition
As it turns out, video games can be good for your health… Exercising yields positive cognitive benefits for people of any age, and with dementia cases on the rise, it’s becoming more important for older adults to exercise. Virtual reality-enhanced exercise, or “exergames,” help with getting some seniors active, and a clinical trial of 102 older adults from several retirement communities revealed that participants reduced their risk of mild cognitive impairment and achieved greater cognitive function than traditional exercisers, with the same effort.