High tech devices assist seniors with living independently.
Wired PR News.com – Motion sensors are now being used to assist senior citizens with independent living. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), residents of the Portland based Oatfield Estates retirement home are tracked by motion sensors that can help medical experts detect health issues.
Technology companies are increasingly investing in solutions for assisting aging Americans with living independently as opposed to having to spend time in nursing homes. As noted in the AP report, the Las Vegas based Consumer Electronics Show even displayed gadgets for high tech senior living for the first time at this year’s event. Included in the products showcasing were sensor devices that could be placed strategically throughout one’s home or living area and signal issues that may require medical attention.
Marjorie Skubic a professor connected to the Sinclair School of Nursing aging in place project is quoted in the report as stating, “We try to identify when those small problems occur, so we can fix them before they become big problems.”
In regards to the tracking devices, Jason Hess of Elite Care, which owns Oatfield Estates, is quoted as stating, “You will see a lot more places implementing these… It comes down to cost, and out-of-the-box thinking.”