February 22, 2013 // Franchising.com // - Technology-based Solutions for Keeping Seniors Safe and Independent Work Best When Combined with Professional Support - Consolidation of Functions and Ease of Use Are Also Key.
Los Angeles – Technology is making great inroads in senior care today, but the number of choices can be overwhelming. How can seniors and their families sort it all out?
Find solutions that combine technology with the human touch.
Steve Barlam, chief professional officer of LivHOME, describes the importance of the human touch together with technology and provides some specific examples in Episode 33 of The Senior Care Podcast by LivHOME, titled “Senior Care Technology.”
“Today, there are all sorts of devices, such as motion sensors and monitors that capture data about a senior’s blood pressure, weight, or glucose and oxygen levels. But they’re all most effective when combined with professional guidance and support. Data requires analysis by a physician, a nurse or a clinical social worker. Thus, the human element – the involvement of an experienced professional – is key to technology’s success in helping seniors stay independent yet safe,” Barlam says.
Equally important, he adds, is for the technology to be consolidated, so users aren’t forced to keep track of many different applications at once, as well as user friendly.
“There are still many stand-alone solutions, whose use can be cumbersome as families try to cobble together different products for different purposes. Ideally, senior care technology should combine different functions into a single system that’s easy for seniors, their families and caregivers to use,” Barlam says.
One example he describes is LivHOME’s own LivHOME CareMonitor® a service that allows seniors to be monitored remotely by a professional Care Manager. Seniors access LivHOME CareMonitor® through an easy-to-use, web-based, touch-screen interface developed by GrandCare Systems. LivHOME’s Care Managers can monitor their clients using the web-based service and can be alerted immediately if any problems arise. The system can track medication schedules, movements around the house and biometric readings such as blood pressure, glucose, blood oxygen and body weight. On the social side, the system allows seniors to communicate easily with family and friends.
Other noteworthy technology solutions cited by Barlam include applications allowing seniors to receive emails that print off automatically without a computer, medication management programs, and safety devices such as GPS monitors and inflatable undergarments to cushion a senior if he or she falls.
The episode, Senior Care Technology, can be found on The Senior Care Podcast’s homepage, www.livhome.com/podcast. Listeners can subscribe via RSS feed, email or through the iTunes store. The episode has a run time of 19 minutes, 37 seconds.
LivHOME is one of the nation's largest providers of professionally led at-home care for seniors. The company is dedicated to finding solutions that enable older adults to remain in their homes as long as possible. Based in Los Angeles, LivHOME delivers high quality at-home care throughout California as well as Arlington, Va., Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Silver Spring, Md. and The Woodlands, Tx.