When you think of the term “digital home health care”, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Measuring heart rate or blood pressure with a monitor? Maybe it’s having a fitness bracelet that lets you monitor how many steps are taken in any given day? While both are innovative ideas that have gained popularity over the past several years, these are not the primary focus areas for the new age of digital home health care. This is especially true when it comes to the elderly, who need a much more comprehensive solution.
According to a 2014 survey released by Genworth Financial, the national median monthly rate for a one bedroom assisted living unit is $3,500. Let that sink in for a minute. That averages out to be $42,000 over an entire year. For those with aging parents or grandparents: Wouldn’t it be nice to have the option of a less expensive solution, while allowing them to remain at home and age independently? That’s precisely the focus area of digital home health care.
No one ever wants to feel like they’re becoming a burden as they get older, and advancements in home automation are allowing people to age more gracefully. We now have a platform that allows notifications to be sent at one’s own choosing. This includes instances such as when a loved one returns or leaves, opens a cabinet or refrigerator, gets out of bed, or even moves around the house normally. There is also a “contact me” button that can be pressed and will send a notification in case of emergency.
With these kinds of progressions, it’s no longer a necessity to assume that those you care about most would need to move into an assisted living facility once they reach a certain stage of life.
Rather, it is now something your family can discuss, and options are offered that weren’t so readily available several years ago. Options that cannot only be beneficial in terms of cost, but options that can improve quality of life in a way everyone is comfortable with.