The Future of Home Care Technology
Home care technology isn’t limited to self-monitoring devices such as sugar testing devices, home healthcare and self-monitoring devices and services span a broad spectrum and can include everything from mobility support tools to basic monitoring, therapeutic or panic button for elderly devices. This move of hospital technology into homes creates the opportunity for companies such as BellMe to provide up to date communication through cutting edge technology devices within the home care industry.
The world has come a long way with regards to medical research, cures and creating new and advanced medicines that save lives. So too has technology come a long way with regards to communication between patients and medical staff. These two factors work hand in hand allowing for patients to get these advanced medicines in a time of need, communicating through effective communication devices such as the panic button for elderly, which are now available not just in hospitals and care facilities but within the home care industry.
Many diagnostic and communication systems such as the panic button for elderly have been developed to aid nurses, doctors and patients during emergencies, with the rise of wireless mobile devices this technology is quickly flowing into the home care industry. One on one contact gives patients confidence, and this is why home care is becoming the choice of many people around the world. Families now have the ability to have a panic button system in their homes. Technology has made communication so much easier but it has taken a while for such a call system to be readily available to the mass market. BellMe has been on the forefront of this technology in South Africa and we hear first hand how it has made such a positive impact in our clients lives. Our panic button works via a 2 way system. The first device is a call button for the person requiring aid such as a someone recovering from an injury or the elderly. It is a basic device with just a single button. This really is all that they would need. In any case, in an emergency, you would want the person to be able to locate the button without even looking at the device. This is exactly what our panic button system is designed for, ease of use. On the patient or elderly persons side, this is all that they would be required to do. So say, they need a snack or in the event that they have fallen and need help getting up, they would just press the button. BellMe’s panic button system is wire free, so being portable, the device can be carried around the house and garden. You would have the option of having it in a pocket, or around your neck by attaching it to a lanyard. Being wire free is also advantageous to the caregiver. Their device can also be carried around. When the patient presses their call button, then the signal will be sent to the caregivers device. The alert from the device will allow them to go to the aid of the patient or elderly person. Our panic button system allows for caregivers to be able to give help, when needed. There is no need for them to constantly check up on patients, lessening their privacy. Our panic button system also restores a sense of independence to the elderly. They gain the ability to go about their day with normality and not being held back from pursuing tasks. There no longer is the need to wait for this technology. Its already here, waiting to become a fixture in your home.
Obstacles Technology has Faced Within the Home Care Sector
As life changing as home care technology could be, it once faced a number of hurdles with its devices and manufacturers, but the biggest hurdle of all was the cost of bringing hospital technology into a home environment.
The challenge that the home care industry has faced has not been the technology itself as it has been around for a while but rather the affordability of this technology. Nobody wants to pay a high amount of money for a piece of technology when all it provides is a convenience, that’s what many thought until the actual technology was introduced into homes and worked well even in some cases saving lives in emergencies. Now with the ever increasing demand for home care devices like the panic button for elderly. The volumes need to be high, and the cost needs to be low. This has fast become the case since home care technology has become more mainstream and the market has opened to competition amongst manufacturers driving the price of products down to the point where home care devices have become much more affordable to patients and companies within the home care industry.
The other major hurdle that may take a few decades to reach its end is the issue of standardization. Unlike hospitals that have had more than a century to reach some sort of equilibrium when it comes to its technology and devices, the home care sector has just been flooded with an absurd amount of new technology and gadgets some competing to serve the same purpose. The issue of standardization will not and has not happened overnight with regards to technology. However communication companies such as BellMe has rolled out their wireless devices such as the panic button for elderly through a number of different industries spanning a number of different applications but they have standardized most of their devices in hopes that the rest of the manufacturers and inventors of new devices will do the same, helping technology within the home care industry reach standardization in the near future.
The Future of Technology in Home Care.
There are positive factors contributing to the future of home care technology, the need is there, the technology, though ever-changing, is there. Device manufacturers, suppliers and innovators are hungry to cash in on the demand.
The home care industry has waited anxiously for technology such as the panic button for elderly to help aid patients and providers and now it is finally here. Home care has opened its doors to technology and technology has risen to the occasion it’s now time for people to allow for change. Gone are the days when people in need of medical assistance have to be seen to in a hospital or doctors practice, people want convenience and want to be assisted in the comfort of their homes. There was never a need for home care technology to incorporate elaborate, tech savvy gadgets. What patients or the elderly needed was a simple system of communication, with the capacity to allow them to get an immediate response to their call. Home care allows for patients to be treated in their beds and the technology has allowed doctors, nurses and carers to provide their patients with advanced and efficient medical care that you would receive at a hospital. Patients and providers need to welcome technology into home and it could and will help thousands if not millions around the world, saving time, saving lives and saving money.