Technology and Dementia: 6 Innovative Uses
Dementia refers to any condition affecting memory, and it often comes with plenty of stress and a need to adapt to a new way of life.
Luckily, these challenges can now be managed by using innovative technology, including location trackers and smart devices.
Throughout this article, we’ll explore six innovative technologies and how they benefit dementia sufferers.
Smart assistants have made their way into the commercial spotlight over the last few years, and the majority of people have them in and around their homes – even smartphones come loaded with smart assistants.
As well as answering burning questions and making funny remarks, smart assistants are great for helping dementia sufferers keep on top of their daily routines.
Further, during times of loneliness, a smart assistant can turn into a much-needed “friend”.
Monitoring Health Conditions
Technology can also be used to keep dementia patients healthy by allowing care facilities to provide quality treatments.
For example, the healthcare professionals at memory care facility Maryland Heights use state-of-the-art technology to monitor medical conditions and create effective treatment plans accordingly.
Internet of Things (IoT)
IoT devices have transformed the way we interact with our homes, including voice-controlled lighting, smart plugs, and automated blinds.
Many dementia sufferers struggle to keep track of their daily schedules, which can leave them losing out on essential appointments and activities.
IoT devices can be set to activate at different times of the day, making daytime tracking much easier.
For example, blinds can be set to open at sunrise and close at sunset.
Home Care Robots
Innovation has brought robots into the commercial cleaning space, with robotic vacuum cleaners allowing caregivers to focus on important tasks by keeping the home clean.
These intuitive cleaners get to work mapping the house and use state-of-the-art navigation to vacuum the entire house.
They can be set to come on at certain times to minimize disruption because they can be loud. As well as picking up dirt, many smart vacuums will empty their own dust compartment.
Home Camera Systems
Not every dementia sufferer needs 24/7 care – many live a fairly independent lifestyle by making adaptions to their home environment.
One way dementia patients live safely is by installing home camera systems. The feeds can be viewed remotely by family members or caregivers, meaning help will arrive if anything goes wrong.
Further, if a dementia patient decides to take a midnight walk, the home camera system can be set to alert caregivers.
If appliances are left on it can be hazardous and expensive, especially if it’s the oven or boiler. Now, any potential issues are avoidable by using smart technology, accessible by family members.
If the heating is left on for too long, it can be turned off remotely.
Dementia isn’t any less damaging with technology, but it makes managing daily activities much easier.
All of the technology above protects dementia sufferers and offers comfort to support networks by monitoring patients’ overall health and keeping tabs on their home environment.
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