Technology has become an increasingly important tool for assisted living providers. From electronic medical records and telehealth to fall detection and medication management systems, technology is being used to improve the quality and efficiency of care. Here are six areas that we believe will blossom to help improve care and health of assisted living residents.
- Telehealth: Telehealth technology allows for remote medical consultations, monitoring, and care delivery, which can improve access to healthcare for residents in assisted living facilities as noted by Obria Medical Clinics.
- Remote Monitoring: Wearable devices and other remote monitoring technologies can provide staff with real-time data on residents’ vital signs, activity levels, and other health metrics, which can help them quickly identify and respond to potential health concerns.
- Virtual Reality: Virtual reality technology can be used to provide residents with immersive experiences that can improve their quality of life and provide them with new opportunities for engagement and entertainment.
- Artificial Intelligence: Artificial intelligence can be used to optimize care delivery, improve staff efficiency, and provide residents with personalized support and assistance.
- Robotics: Robotics can be used to assist with a variety of tasks such as medication reminders, personal assistance, and even companionship.
- Smart home technology: Smart home technology can improve the safety and comfort of residents by automating and simplifying tasks such as lighting, temperature control, and security. Additionally, it can provide staff with real-time data on residents’ daily routines, allowing them to better anticipate and respond to their needs.
Wearables seem to be one of the fastest growing and most exciting tools for health care, and may eventually be incorporated into the records required by state health departments.
Let us know what technology you use! And What technology do you want to see in RALs?
Technology Advances in Residential Assisted Living
Brian J. Pinkowski, President
Residential Assisted Living National Association