How High Tech Can Help our Seniors
We all use technology to make our daily lives easier. These days it is one of the most common ways we connect with others and get important things completed quickly.
However, currently nobody really puts technology and older Australians together, because traditionally technology has not been well designed for those who did not grow up with it.
Yet thinking about it, our older (especially home-based) residents are often our most isolated, so technology could make a huge difference.
Recently Home Instead Geelong’s owner Giovanni Siano was a key speaker at the Innovation & Technology in Aged Care Conference held in Sydney. He spoke of new technologies that help Home Instead CAREGivers connect with their local office, and which also help CAREGivers and family members keep in touch with and support clients.
The key to using technology in a way that makes a difference is to make it simple and intuitive to operate, thus removing some of the barriers faced by older people, or those with dementia. These barriers currently stop this vulnerable group from using tablets and smartphones to keep in touch and to widen their world.
Internationally, Home Instead Senior Care has invested in trialling new tablet technology, which is especially designed for seniors to use, and for CAREGivers and families to keep in touch, thus increasing socialisation, ensuring consistency of care and better support.
We look forward to being able to share this technology with our clients to assist them with connectivity in their own homes.