January 11, 2016
From smart phones to tablets to apps, it’s safe to say that technology rules our daily lives. It’s also changing the way we do many things, including caring for older adults. Today’s technology is making it easier for seniors to remain independent in their own homes, and the next generation of older adults is likely to see even more technological advances when it comes to in-home care. Consider, for instance, these examples of how life for seniors may soon be impacted by more technology:
- Social: Many seniors are already enjoying Skype sessions to stay close to the grandkids, but the next generation of online socializing may be able to allow for projection directly on a wall in the home. Just picture distant family and friends all able to “gather together” on the dining room wall for dinner!
- Transportation: One of the most challenging aspects of aging can be the realization that it’s time to give up the car keys for safety reasons. However, automotive technology is now steering in the direction of self-driving cars operated through simple text commands, enabling seniors to drive longer, and more safely.
- Health: Advances in health-related technology are truly mindboggling, including the possibilities for a bathroom mirror that can scan one’s face and detect heart disease, stroke and cardiovascular disease warning signs, and even a toilet that can report its owner’s vital signs remotely to a call center.
While technological evolution is certainly exciting to watch, what will be the cost – both physically and psychologically for seniors? At Continuum, we believe that nothing will ever replace the one-on-one, face-to-face compassionate care of a professional caregiver. Dr. Joseph Coughlin notes that as a society we should imagine an older age that is more than simply living longer, but rather about living better. Read more of Dr. Coughlin’s Wall Street Journal article on how technology will transform aging.
At Continuum, we utilize some of the top home care technology available to ensure that our clients receive the best care possible, but it’s our caregivers who truly make a difference in the lives of our clients. Continuum’s dedicated, professional caregivers take pride in helping seniors with their day-to-day tasks, and they also strive to form strong bonds of companionship with each client they serve, something not even the best technology can provide. Contact us today to learn more about the best home care services St. Louis and the surrounding area has to offer.