Home health care is an umbrella term that encompasses all health care services that are offered within your home and aimed to provide care for people with special health needs. In most cases, the people requiring home care services are seniors, people suffering or recovering from injuries, end of life care, those nursing surgical wounds, and those living with terminal illnesses.
In most cases, home care services are given by registered nurses and therapists. Just like hospital care, a registered nurse will check a patient’s vital signs as well as provide additional services such as educating patients and family members on any special nutritional requirements and self-care. Such services have been recognized as being vital in helping patients to recover quickly.
A majority of patients who receive home care are senior citizens aged above 65 years. Seniors are known to have increased unusual health issues like reduced vision, increased risk of lifestyle diseases and disability, memory loss, weak bones, and many other health conditions that decrease their livability. Amid such health issues, advancement in technology has made senior care more convenient and easier.
Home care and technology
According to surveys, the aged population increases in each year. The increase in the aged population has widened the gap between elderly caregivers and the number of people who need services.
As the gap widens, service providers have been streamlining their services by the use of technology solutions like telemedicine, mobile applications, self-monitoring devices and alarm integration technology.
Given that most health issues facing the seniors can be carried out without the physical presence of health care services, home health care providers are turning to technology as a backup to senior care services.
Some of the homecare services offered through the help of technology include wound care, pain management, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychiatric care, dietary education and medical assessment.
With recent technology, seniors can find mobile applications that help them to:
• Monitor and improve their physical activity,
• Monitor blood glucose,
• Improve mental activity,
• Monitoring depression, and
• Receive health education and advice.
The use of mobile technology has helped to cut down the costs of traditional home care and nursing home care.
Seniors and technology
Most seniors were born at a time when available technology was simplistic and largely industrial. In the current societies, however, an elderly person is surrounded by many personalized technological devices. An elderly caregiver utilizes the simple technologies to provide home health care services. For instance, technologies used in telemedicine incorporate both visual and audio messages to help seniors to receive messages conveniently.
With home care health services, seniors can lead an independent life. Additionally, they are able to manage the various health needs that emerge as their age progresses, thereby improving their lifestyles.