Artificial Intelligence – The Future of Care Homes?

For years technological advancements and AI have played a big role in medicine and medical research, leading the way to new discoveries like producing artificial limbs using 3D printing and maybe in the near future, artificial organs that can be used for transplants.

However, sometimes these technological advancements may not be associated with an elderly demographic because of their fast-moving progress and the idea that the difficulty in the management of new devices will be more hassle than beneficial for the older generation. Introducing health focused AI to elderly residents and patients can help deliver information wirelessly for professionals to make informed decisions if there’s trouble communicating directly. This would be a smart move in emergency situations.

One example of this would be smart watches; many have a heart rate monitoring function and fall detection. Fall detection can help connect you to emergency services and send a message to your emergency contacts.

Another device is one that contributes to diabetes regulation; a CGM or flash monitor which is made up of: a sensor – a small device you attach to your arm or tummy that senses how much glucose is in the fluid under your skin, called interstitial fluid. A reader or receiver shows the results and can also show results on your smartphone.

Users can learn more and develop newer hobbies

On the rare occasion some residents don’t want to participate in certain activities; some games on tablets or phones may provide entertainment or “challenges” that encourage cognitive thinking and mental stimulation. Most phones have a notes list and enough memory space to trace their most recent actions, which may help with the user’s memory if they wish to continue playing or reading. Also, there are lots of apps that can show reminders to go for a short walk in the garden, have another glass of water or maybe a light snack at certain times during the day.

What rights/ethics does AI align with?

There will be options for users to consent to who can access their medical information. Often their emergency contacts and emergency services are alerted in critical situations; you also have the option to upload all your personal medical information to your smartphone or device which can be removed whenever you wish. Furthermore, some people may prefer motion sensors instead of cameras for comfort and privacy. Users are in control of their devices unless they give permission for others to see or use their personal details.

Is it necessary?

It may not be necessary for all but might be beneficial if someone feels like they need extra help or sometime when a resident may be feeling lonely or wants to watch something new they can ask Amazon’s “Alexa” to play some music or recommend a new film.  Or, for those whose medical needs require constant attention, AI can help carers identify any challenges that may arise before they become a severe problem.

Signature is at the cutting edge of care technology.  At our luxury care home in Barnet, residents can enjoy features such as concierge TV and Facial and Fever Recognition, which can detect signs of fever or stroke, and alert our care teams.