The future of care homes
As the UK population is continuing to live longer, our needs become more sophisticated as we get older. This means that care homes need to utilise greater amounts of, more intelligent, assistive technologies.
This will allow us to look forward at an early stage. We need care homes and their staff to develop supportable living environment for those who need the appropriate care from them, as patients can require everyday supervision.
Recent research suggests that by 2040, private and social care homes will highlight quality within their tenet. The reason for this because it has been suggested that this strategy has the potential for people to ‘live healthier and longer lives’, as Jane Ashcroft suggested in the Silver Chic report in the future of care homes.
Care home design will demonstrate quality as housing will be applied on a turntable. This will allow for residents to be exposed to healthier environments for longer periods of time than they currently are. Also, connectivity will also be a priority to help combat loneliness. In order to do this, care home villages will use small bridges intersecting various gardens so that residents can be closer to both their natural environment and other residents of the community.
Technology is changing the way care homes are being run
With technology advancing in a modern society, it is having a great impact on how our care homes run. It is continuously helping care home staff maintain quality care for their patients which overall allows the patients to live healthy and happy lives.
Care Homes are going to be install sensors to the rooms within the building, and this is beneficial to everyone who is part of that community because this these sensorswill alert staff if a patient has fallen. Staff members will be able to tend to the patient straight away which will mean they will not be left as long as they might have without an alerting system. This will also benefit dementia sufferers as clusters within buildings can be coloured variously with different lighting so that they are able to recognise their own living quarters. These types of technologies are specifically designed to ensure patient comfort, and help to guarantee their safety within care.
Care with improved independence
A patient can lose independence once they have moved into the care system, the future technologies will help enable those who have varied care requirements live life in a more self-sufficient way.
There are certain technologies that can monitor the steps and the distance patients cover, as well as a patient’s heart rate. The technology will help to monitor fluid retention and respiratory rates, helping to lower hospital admissions and allowing patients to understand their own symptoms more effectively before they require medical assistance.
Even though, due to a lack of government funding for care homes in the UK, Royal Blind who specialise in homes for the blind and care homes in Paisley can assess how care homes will be run in the years to come and they will also have the ability to evaluate the technologies that will change the way people are care for.
Dementia sufferers who unfortunately deal with a great amount of stress can be helped. By using robotic pets that can respond to human interaction and respond in an intelligent way.
The robots will be able to help with general tasks such as getting patients in and out of bed. Also, wearable robotic suits will be used to help sufferers from arthritis walk and stand, and they also aid those with server mobility problems move around more efficiently.
Certain and rooms likes can robotically controlled with a voce commanding system. Other devices will be used to help those who are blind and have visual impairments
Overall, the future of care homes is looking more hopeful. The technologies that are being used and the systems that are being introduced, will help patients lead more independent and comfortable lives, so that they can live a happier and healthier life for longer.