Improving Elderly Care with Technology
By Dr. Oliver Hüfner
Sufficient care for the elderly has been a major societal problem for many years. However, with advancements in technology, we have the potential to eliminate this problem.
Moving to a retirement home has always been some kind of a last resort. Living in such a facility costs more than living at home, and virtually no one lives there by choice. Therefore, living at home - not living in a facility - answers to the preferences of elderly people, their children, and even cost driven insurance companies.
Standard smart home technology can transform an ordinary home into a caring home, helping its elderly inhabitants to stay there longer. With prices for sensors rapidly declining and functional ranges of IoT technology rising fast the caring home is already a valid low-cost option for today.
Take, for example, a simple motion sensor. The data collected by such a device can easily be used for the profiling of daily habits. In case the data deviates from the profile, the care network of relatives, friends, or neighbors will be activated. Combine the data of a motion sensor with energy or water consumption. The more data, the more reliable the insights!
With cognitive computing as a powerful tool to predict events and calculate risks, the home can actually take care. And with a growing number of silver surfers familiar with smart phones and open-minded about technological progress, general acceptance of caring home solutions will be a given in time.
Dr. Oliver Hüfner is an Associate Partner of Global Business Services at IBM Deutschland.
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