The use of robotics is well-known in certain sectors. From the industrial applications of robotics to the use of an exoskeleton suit in the supply chain, technology use is alive and well. While it's common to see exoskeleton suits used to help people lift boxes easily, it's not as common in healthcare settings. The idea of using robotics and technology to care for people is slowly being adopted. People want to be cared for by people, but some of this work is labor intensive and can cause injury in the care providers. By adopting certain technologies in healthcare, you can improve the quality of life of not only aging adults, but for the people who help them.
Powered Exoskeleton Suits
Lifting elderly patients to help them ambulate is essential to create a better quality of life for them. They need to get up and move around for their physical and mental health. But patients who struggle to move on their own often need caregivers who can lift and walk with them to ensure they don't fall. Or they need someone who can move them into a wheelchair or shower chair for personal care. This work puts a great deal of stress and strain on the care providers. Because many of them are trying to protect their own physical health, they often lift patients as little as required.
This is where a powered exoskeleton suit would shine in the healthcare industry. It would serve to improve the lifting ability of the caregiver, while also protecting their physical health. By gaining the ability to lift up to 20x their own strength, these suits empower staff to more easily get patients up. They no longer need to strain their backs and risk injury. Instead, they use the power of technology to provide better care.
There is more smart technology out there than can be covered in one article. Wearable devices have come a long way to helping improve the quality of life for people. From devices that measure blood sugar levels automatically, to gadgets that check heart rate and blood pressure, there are numerous applications for smart devices in healthcare. Many aging adults are not ready to leave their homes, but they need to have some medical care and checks throughout the day.
By using wearable devices, this data can be instantly sent to their healthcare provider and added to their medical charts. This can help determine how much insulin to give a diabetic, if a blood pressure medication needs to be adjusted, and if someone is at greater risk of falling. When these devices are used for aging adults, they gain more autonomy, while also getting the care they need.
Smart Home Apps
When the milk runs out, wouldn't it be great if it were added to a shopping list automatically? Wouldn't it be nice to know who's at the door before you open it? And when you struggle to use technology, wouldn't it be nice if you could get things done just by using your voice? All of these are possible with technology. There are smart refrigerators that will order things for you. You can get a Ring doorbell to see who's outside without needing to look through the door crack. And when these smart home applications are active in the homes of aging adults, it makes it easier for them to stay home longer.
The future is here. While driverless cars sound cool, they are an incredible asset for the elderly. It's often very difficult when aging adults need to stop driving. They lose their independence, and this can be very difficult emotionally and mentally for older adults.
With driverless technology, older adults can have a driverless car take them from their home anytime they want. They no longer need to wait on bus schedules or the kindness of family and friends. They can schedule their own appointments, go to the grocery store when they want, and meet their friends for lunch when it's convenient for them. And if they are starting to experience some cognitive decline, these cars will make sure they get to and from their destination safely. With driverless technology just hitting the streets, the applications for it are endless. Using technology to improve the life of aging adults is possible. It's time to use the resources already out there to make it happen.